Meat and edible offal exports rose in January

New Zealand’s meat and edible exports rose $52 million in January 2014, compared to the same month in 2013, led by sheepmeat and beef.

Statistics New Zealand’s latest figures show that, in the same month, goods exports overall were worth $4.1 billion (a rise of 22 percent on January 2013), with $1.2 billion going to China and $556 million to Australia, Statistics New Zealand said today.

The rise in exports to China, up $590 million, was due to milk powder, butter, and cheese exports, up $469 million. The fall in exports to Australia, down $80 million, was due to unwrought gold and silver, and crude oil.

“A record 30 percent of our total exports headed to China in January 2014,” says SNZ industry and labour statistics manager Louise Holmes-Oliver. “These exports were more than double the value of those that went to Australia.”

The value of imported goods rose $129 million (3.5 percent) to $3.8 billion. Capital goods led the rise, up $93 million. This was led by well-sinking and boring machinery, mechanical shovels, and goods transport vehicles.

The trade balance for January 2014 was a surplus of $306 million (7.5 percent of exports). This is the highest-ever trade surplus for any January month.

Seasonally adjusted exports fell 0.6 percent in January 2014 compared with December 2013, while the trend remains at a high level. Seasonally adjusted imports fell 5.4 percent in January 2014, with the trend increasing in recent months.

The seasonally adjusted figures for meat and edible offal exports show a rise of 8.2 percent ($37 million) to $496 million, with quantities up 8.3 percent. This is compared with a 1.5 percent fall in the value of exports in December 2013

Overseas merchandise trade statistics remain provisional for the first three months after data is first released. For more information, see Why overseas merchandise trade data can change on the Statistics NZ website.

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