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New Zealand posts trade deficit in July
Published on: 2013-08-26
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altExports to three of New Zealand's top five trade partners plunged last month, as demand fell for crude oil and dairy products, while imports rose, the government statistics agency announced Monday.
Exports to Australia, the United States and Japan were all down, while exports to China rose 22 percent year on year to NZ USD 653 million (USD 509.91 million), led by sheep meat and pine logs, and exports to the Republic of Korea (ROK) were up 7.7 percent to NZ USD 134 million, according to Statistics New Zealand.
The value of total imports was up 17 percent year on year to NZ$4.6 billion, led by imports of aircraft and parts as well as crude oil.
"Higher goods imports led to a deficit of NZ USD 774 million, the largest for a July month since 2008," industry and labor statistics manager Louise Holmes-Oliver said in a statement.
"July months normally have trade deficits, but there were small trade surpluses in July 2011 and 2012."
The value of total exported goods fell NZ USD 196 million (4.8 percent) to NZ$3.8 billion, driven down by crude oil, and milk powder, butter and cheese.
The trade deficit was the largest of the previous five July months since 2008. 
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