Getting help to begin your export journey

A guide to export support resources, as published in the of the 2017 NZ Export & Trade Handbook.

Few companies will start with the ideal international operation. Often the beginning is modest and existing staff are called on to test markets on a part-time basis.

Once a profitable demand looks likely, it is essential that the person responsible has the freedom to follow up and service any enquiries promptly as well as to honour all promises made. Failure to do so could be costly. An initial disaster may put international aspirations back by several years.

Overseas markets will be unforgiving of poorly prepared representatives who are unable to quote and deliver promptly, or who may not have the capacity to supply a substantial market. It might make sense to start in an overseas market of modest size that you have the ability to service well and use this as the base for further growth. In this way you can lower your initial costs and risk in the event of that market not being an instant success.

You will also be unlikely to make sales on your first visit. Many contacts will want to get to know you before doing business. You should be prepared to undertake regular visits to your target market and to establish and maintain personal relationships to ensure continuing sales.

There is a wealth of information in New Zealand. You can use your intended market as a base for discussion, research and developing your marketing plan. Any research you do at the outset will ultimately save you money and help you in your thinking and planning.

Few first-time exporters have sufficient resources and experience at the outset. If entrepreneurs were to follow all the rules, hire expert staff and plan everything to the finest detail before considering exporting, many of them would not get to first base.

Large organisations have greater access to the resources, management and marketing skills needed to identify potential markets and conduct or commission research, thereby minimising their risks and maximising their chances of success.

The answer for most is somewhere between the two extremes. Try to avoid learning only through your own mistakes. For example, don’t approach an overseas market convinced that your successful local product will meet the needs of a foreign community that may well have different values, customs, religions and tastes. Time spent researching your target market and tailoring your product to suit may make the difference between succeeding or failing.

So what should new exporters do first? Join a business or trade organisation and take advantage of the opportunity to spend time with other members who may be experienced international traders, either in your industry sector or in markets you intend to target.
Those organisations are listed below – choose wisely.

New Zealand Trade and Enterprise
New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE) is the Government’s international business development agency, supporting New Zealand companies in 37 locations around the world.

Our role is to increase New Zealand companies’ international success, by helping them boost their global reach and build capability. To do this, we leverage our connections and government influence on behalf of businesses, and apply local knowledge – from the NZTE team and a network of private sector experts – to help them enter and grow in international markets. We also link businesses with services designed to improve efficiency and operations, spark innovation, refine strategy, enhance leadership, and access capital – building the capability they need to be successful and grow bigger, better, faster. More successful international businesses will grow our economy for the benefit of all New Zealanders, by providing jobs and raising our standard of living.

NZTE currently works with around 4000 New Zealand businesses, and focuses intensively on around 700 of these customers. So if you’re exporting or thinking about it, and not already working with NZTE (or perhaps you worked with us a long time ago), please get in touch – call our free phone number (0800 555 888) or email to talk to our customer advisor team about your plans. They’ll be able to guide you on the next best steps and help connect you to the right sources of support.
For more information, visit or follow us on twitter @NZTEnews

Operating in the main centres and exporting regions of New Zealand, ExportNZ provides guidance and practical help for companies selling into overseas markets and those seeking to become exporters. 

ExportNZ’s key objectives are to: provide effective advocacy for exporters; inspire firms to engage in exporting to expand their business and grow internationally; and to provide practical support and networking events to help firms achieve these goals.

ExportNZ networking events, forums, training, advice and services are provided via the Employers and Manufacturers Association, Business Central, Canterbury Employers’ Chamber of Commerce and Otago Southland Employers’ Association.

Networking is a key advantage of ExportNZ membership, with regular events and breakfasts held in each region. Training courses are held throughout the country for exporters wishing to increase their skills and businesses wanting to start exporting.
Topics include:

  • Appoint and manage international agents/distributors.
  • Export processes – getting ready.
  • International trade documentation.
  • Making the most of trade shows.
  • Marketing basics for Internet and online.
  • Export processes – market entry strategy planning.
  • Market research implementation.
  • Cultural awareness in foreign markets.

Find out more and get the contact details for your regional ExportNZ office at


Customs Brokers and Freight Forwarders Federation of New Zealand Inc
The Customs Brokers and Freight Forwarders Federation of New Zealand Inc (CBAFF) is the membership body for individuals and businesses working and participating in customs broking and freight forwarding. Importers and exporters can join as client partners.

CBAFF provides the following services to members:

  • A fortnightly newsletter to update members on industry topics.
  • Regular forums throughout the year along with an annual conference which deliver presentations addressing important industry issues.
  • Training on customs broking and freight forwarding specific topics including dangerous goods IMDG requirements, advanced tariff classification, RACA and IATA requirements including aircraft loading and restraint.
  • Maintenance of strong links with Government and other bodies that influence how the industry operates.
  • Support for industry-wide concerns.

For further information visit or phone 09 419 0042

New Zealand School of Export
The New Zealand School of Export (NZSOE) is New Zealand’s leading specialist provider of training and development for exporters who want to raise their game to that of their international competitors, so that they can not only catch them up, but then overtake and beat them.

This is achieved through an immensely practical and applied 12-month distance education programme (Diploma of International Trade) that helps businesses prepare their own export strategy and export plan which is specific to their product, target market and stage of business growth. By the end of the programme, the exporter has a full working document to drive their business forward, which can also be used to inform investors or train other staff.

There is no requirement to attend any campus-based or residential courses with all contact with professional advisers done by telephone or online.

How you study
The programme allows exporters to study at work, at home or whilst travelling and all assessment is through their own work-based reports showing how they have applied the knowledge and skills learnt to improve their export operations. There are no examinations.

What it costs
Eligible companies can have half of the $9,280 + GST fee paid through NZTE Management Capability Development Voucher support, which reduces the cost per module to $580 +GST. For those companies who are not eligible for the vouchers, a range of scholarships help reduce the cost. Companies, ranging in size from Fonterra to one person start-ups, continue to put their staff through the course. (See ‘Our Exporters say’ on the website).

Successful completion of the Diploma is a prerequisite to be awarded Global Trade Professional (GTP) status which is conferred at no extra cost provided three other criteria are met: (1) minimum of two years full-time exporting experience; (2) agreement to abide by a Professional Code of Conduct; and (3) a commitment to ongoing professional development as identified by the individual themselves, such as attending industry events.

About the NZSOE
The NZSOE is the only New Zealand member of IATTO (the International Association of Trade Training Organisations).

Founded in 2007 as an NZTE-funded project during Export Year ‘07, the NZSOE continues to lead New Zealand’s approach to upskilling local individuals and the companies they work for. The School is a Charitable Trust (Not-For-Profit) and any surplus is used to improve the help given to exporters through such tools as ELIS – the online trade portal which is a free one-stop shop for information on exporting, with links to everything from country briefings, through currency exchange rates to a world clock.

For a free and confidential conversation about how you can grow your exports, call the School’s director, Dr Rom Rudzki. Rom received the Financial Times’ 1996 David Thomas Award for his work on educating entrepreneurs.

New Zealand School of Export
PO Box 274
Palmerston North 4440
Tel. 06 356 56 56

“If you think training is expensive, you should try the alternative.”


New Zealand Export Credit Office
The New Zealand Export Credit Office (NZECO) operates as a business unit within the New Zealand Treasury. Its mission is to help New Zealand exporters manage risk and capitalise on trade opportunities around the globe by providing guarantee and insurance solutions that complement those in the private sector. 

NZECO helps exporters mitigate the risk of non-payment by buyers with trading terms of less than 360 days and can support the offering of multi-year payment terms for buyers of capital goods through the provision of Government backed insurances.

Additionally NZECO can provide guarantees to New Zealand exporters’ banks to support the provision of additional funding or bonding associated with export transactions.


  • Trade Credit Insurance; or
  • Extended Repayment Terms
  • NZECO covers both the Political and Commercial risk of an overseas buyer not meeting their payment obligations. These insurances can help an exporter access additional liquidity via their bank and can help exporters offer payment terms to secure sales.


  • Bond Guarantees; or
  • Loan Guarantee

NZECO can provide a guarantee to an exporter’s bank to enable the bank to provide additional funding or bonding related to an export transaction.
For more information contact one of our business originators on: +64 4 917 6060 or email or visit

The Export Academy of New Zealand 
The Export Academy offers an export focused range of qualifications starting with a Diploma and Certificate in Export Enterprise to specific modules, workshops and webinars targeted at “Learn as you Go” exporters.

The Export Academy and GoGroup NZ Ltd have partnered to provide a comprehensive series of modules to suit New Zealand exporters.

Being registered with NZTE’s Capability Development Scheme means eligible export companies can receive a 50 percent subsidy up to $5000 per year.
Diploma in Export Enterprise – a 24-month programme which takes exporters through an applied programme dealing with all aspects of international trade. This qualification is ‘blended learning’ – an ideal mix of classroom participation and remote learning. 

Certificate in Export Enterprise – a 12-month programme which takes exporters through an applied programme dealing with all aspects of international trade. This qualification also features blended learning. 

If you want to take your time completing these, the Academy will accept completion of individual papers which will take about six weeks (per paper) using distance learning. You can build up these papers until you have gained the Certificate (8 papers) or the Diploma (certificate plus 6-8 papers).

Furthermore you may be able to obtain Diploma/Certificate credits from the completion of Workshops and Modules as shown below.

Export Mentoring – This programme offers exporters a complete package from full supply chain reviews, freight analysis, process analysis, etc, and provides guidance in areas of ‘work in progress’. Suitable for small and medium size businesses or guidance for management teams in larger businesses.

Simplifying Export Series (SES) – These tried and true modules have been successfully taught throughout the country since 2011 and will be available again (updated) in 2016:

These modules incorporate ‘must-learn’ hints and practical working examples in Export Freight, INCOTERMS, Export Documentation, Compliance, Risk Management and the all important Getting Paid for Exports. Practical but immediately beneficial, these modules are as worthwhile to current exporters as well as to new entrants.

Strategic Exporter Series – Following on from the SES this series is a natural up-skill in learning gained by those who attended earlier modules or for those already with export experience. Included, as the series title suggests, are: Strategic Freight for Exporters, The Export Sale including Export Contracts, Export Marketing, Export Pricing and more.

Specific Workshops – The Academy presents workshops on specific areas that exporters may need more intensive training. Popular in 2015 were:

  • Customs PIN course – You can train for your Customs UUI for just exports or for both export and import.
  • Letters of Credit – How to negotiate these; technical training in how to ensure you get the best L/C from your buyer; a discussion “why use them?” and several alternatives to L/C payment.
  • FTA Workshop – A look at New Zealand’s Free Trade Agreements, how they operate and documentation required, as well as how goods and services are valued.

Webinars – Not able to get away from the workplace for any period of time? In 2016 the Academy will release more courses as webinars for you and your staff to learn literally on the job.

Endorsements on NZTE’s website testify to the universal appeal of these courses.
Want to know more? Go to
CEO: Murray Painter –
Tel: 06 875 8000

Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Business Liaison Unit works with exporters, including key sector groups and regional representatives, to help facilitate their international connections. 

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade plays an important role for New Zealand business by:

  • Seeking to secure global trade rules, via the WTO, which are more open, transparent and certain;
  • Negotiating Free Trade Agreements to provide better and more certain access to markets of critical interest to New Zealand exporters;
  • Monitoring offshore market developments which might harm or complicate our potential to sell into markets and develop strategies to address these threats;
  • Working with New Zealand companies which experience foreign government rules and regulations which hold up or delay getting their goods into market (problems with quarantine issues, technical barriers to trade etc);
  • With our extensive global network and diplomatic networks, working jointly with NZTE, to leverage companies into the right boardrooms, to meet the right people, have the right conversations;
  • Looking to facilitate New Zealand’s economic growth and productivity by facilitating the two-way flow of ideas, people, capital, technology and research capability;
  • Working with other agencies onshore in seeking to ensure the government’s growth agenda is well informed of global developments and suitably structured in a way to help New Zealand companies connect globally;
  • Finally, of course, it is an important responsibility for the Ministry to contribute towards peace and stability – which permits economic growth to prosper and the protection of New Zealanders travelling and living overseas.

For more information contact the Business Liaison Unit on +64 4 439 7951 or email 
For more information about the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade visit


Callaghan Innovation
Callaghan Innovation is a government agency that helps businesses succeed through technology. We work with businesses of all sizes who share the ambition of challenging what is possible.

With us businesses can:

  • Accelerate their product and service development.
  • Gain market advantage through leading-edge ideas and products.
  • Increase return on investment in research and development (R&D).
  • We have a range of services to make their road to success easier, faster and less risky. These include:
  • Advisors, scientists, engineers and facilities to help with technology and product development;
  • Access to other national and international experts to solve technology and business problems;
  • Innovation skills programmes;
  • Business collaborations to promote knowledge sharing around technology and innovation; and
  • R&D grants.

Our Regional Business Partners (a joint initiative with NZTE) are a nationwide network of organisations that can help businesses access information, funding, training and development services. For many businesses new to R&D, the Regional Business Partners will be the first point of call. They can identify which services are most suited to your business and how to go about accessing them.

Go to for more information.
You can also find out more by calling 0800 4 CALLAGHAN (080 422 552) or going to


The New Zealand Customs Service
The New Zealand Customs Service (Customs) website has sections specifically for importers and exporters. You can find information explaining Customs’ requirements for exporting goods and useful information on a range of topics including prohibited exports, permits, drawbacks, the Secure Exports Scheme, and frequently asked questions.

There is also information to help you with Customs requirements if you are importing goods for:

  • Commercial application, such as goods for use in your business, and for re-sale or for distribution.
  • Private use – for example, gifts, mail order goods or online shopping.

Within New Zealand you can also contact the National Contact Centre on 0800 4 Customs (0800 428 786).


New Zealand Maritime School
Manukau Institute of Technology’s New Zealand Maritime School offers courses in logistics, shipping and freight. Rapid developments in technology and more open global trade patterns have led to a higher demand for logisticians and quality education in the logistics field at all levels. Certificate, Diploma, Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma and seminar programmes are available for people seeking entry to, or those already in the freight, logistics, shipping and maritime industries.

New Zealand Maritime School
Level 3, 2 Commerce Street, Auckland
Phone: 0800 744 722


Importers Institute
The Importers Institute is an informal association of New Zealand importing companies. It aims to keep members informed on topical issues of interest and to represent importers’ interests before policy makers and the public.

The Institute publishes a regular email newsletter. A free subscription to this service is available from the Institute’s website The website also includes technical papers and other facilities of interest to importers and exporters.

Contact: Daniel Silva
20 Verissimo Drive, Mangere
P O Box 201080, Auckland 2150
Ph: 64-9-255 0266 Fax: 64-9-523 8070
Ivan McNicholl,
41/47 Dixon Street, Wellington
021 679 639


Business Mentors New Zealand
Business Mentors New Zealand offers a specialised export mentoring service. If you need help with any aspect of exporting, BMNZ has mentors available who specialise in this area.

All mentors have proven exporting experience and, in many cases, current international contacts to help you in establishing your export markets.

If you are not already exporting but considering it, their export assessment will help you to pinpoint the resources needed and avoid pitfalls.
For more information visit or phone 0800 209 209.


The New Zealand Chambers of Commerce
The New Zealand Chambers of Commerce have access to a worldwide network of over 22,000 Chambers through the International Chambers of Commerce.

They work closely with New Zealand Trade & Enterprise and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and have strong links with many regional and international business organisations and associations. The Chambers of Commerce can put international traders in touch with the consulates and embassies of overseas trading partners.

The Chambers offer international trade advice, carry out information and preliminary research and hold educational and networking events for importers and exporters. They are also responsible for the certification of international documentation, including China and ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Agreement Certificates of Origin.

International traders can also access a range of international trade guides and publications on behalf of the International Chambers of Commerce.


Tauranga Chamber of Commerce
The Tauranga Chamber of Commerce’s mission is to build a better Bay by building better business. We do that by providing a wide range of key business support services from networking events and training and development to free business advice and international documentation certification.

We certify Certificates of Origin and China and ASEAN Free Trade Agreement Certificates of Origin as well as connect you with our network of 22,000 Chambers worldwide.
With the Tauranga Chamber of Commerce support you can break down borders and tap into the world’s largest international business network.
Tauranga Chamber of Commerce
P: 64 7 577 9823 E:


Canterbury Employers’ Chamber of Commerce
The Canterbury Employers’ Chamber of Commerce is the largest business support agency in the South Island and a membership-driven, not-for-profit organisation with more than 2,800 members. Its primary role is to assist members’ enterprises to be as successful as possible.

ExportNZ Canterbury is a division of the Canterbury Employers’ Chamber of Commerce, servicing the needs of members involved in exporting. Through ExportNZ members can access a wealth of connections, expertise and export information. These services include export specific training, export networking, the latest market information and valuable contacts to assist in growing export businesses in Canterbury.
Canterbury Employers’ Chamber of Commerce (CECC)
P: 0800 50 50 96 E:


International Trade Documentation
New Zealand Chambers of Commerce certify international trade documentation both manually (wet stamped) and electronically. Electronic certification enables documents to be submitted, reviewed, certified and returned quickly from the convenience of the exporter’s desk.  

Chambers of Commerce can assist exporters with issuing and/or authentication of the following documentation:

  • China FTA Certificates of Origin.
  • ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand FTA Certificates of Origin.
  • New Zealand Certificates of Origin and Foreign Certificates of Origin.
  • Certificates of Free Sale.
  • Certificates of Manufacture.
  • Letters of Introduction.
  • Letters of Invitation.
  • Export related documents – e.g. commercial invoices, bills of lading, packing lists.

Links to Chambers of Commerce accredited to certify export documents are available under Export Documentation at:


ATA Carnets “Passport for Goods”
The ATA Carnet is an internationally recognised document facilitating the temporary export of goods for up to 12 months. A carnet allows the holder to take commercial samples, professional equipment or goods for exhibitions/trade fairs, as well as for sporting events, in and out of a country without the need to pay taxes, bonds or duties in each country visited. Some countries even accept carnets for scientific equipment. A carnet is, in effect, a passport for your goods.

For more information on the carnet system contact:
ATA Carnet Department
Wellington Employers’ Chamber of Commerce
P O Box 1590, Wellington
Ph: 64-4-473 7224 • Free Phone: 0508 227 638


Business Councils
Business Councils exist to create goodwill and linkages between the business communities of different countries, thereby promoting and facilitating international trade and investment. They operate around the globe and business leaders have been quick to see their advantages.

The Councils provide a forum for business diplomacy and dialogue and are often an avenue through which business people in different countries are able to communicate.
This is particularly useful in new and complex markets where there can be wide differences in customs, culture, philosophy and ideology, business practices and procedures as well as language barriers, between the trading parties.

Most Councils have considerable status and are valued contributors to Governments’ international strategies. Governments use them as vehicles to promote debate on international issues affecting business, such as tariffs and trade reform.

For New Zealand businesses the Councils provide a valuable opportunity for the interchange of views, exposure to new ideas and technological developments (i.e. intelligence gathering) and access to Government officials and other senior decision-makers.

The Councils established within New Zealand cover a range of major markets and trading partners across a wide network of business interests. Substantial international trade success is attributed to them.


French New Zealand Chamber of Commerce and Industry
The French New Zealand Chamber of Commerce and Industry provides vital links between New Zealand and French traders. It is the official French Chamber of Commerce in New Zealand and maintains links to all overseas French Chambers of Commerce.

The Council organises numerous events throughout the year. Some events have a cultural or traditional touch such as the Bastille Day function and the Beaujolais Nouveau, while others provide members with information on trade, investment and business opportunities.
The French Chamber also serves many French business people based in New Zealand. or email

New Zealand/Papua New Guinea Business Council
This Council’s focus is to raise awareness of the business environment and market opportunities in Papua New Guinea. The Council plays an active role in the Auckland business community and organises regular events focused on strengthening trade ties in the region.

The Council aims to enhance business opportunities in Papua New Guinea through a number of avenues, including through access to a network of trade and Government contacts in Papua New Guinea. or email


New Zealand United States Council
The New Zealand United States Council is a non-partisan organisation, funded by both business and Government. It is committed to fostering and developing a strong and mutually beneficial relationship between New Zealand and the United States that reflects both countries’ commitment to democracy and the rule of law, free trade and open markets.

The Council works closely with its counterpart in Washington DC, the US NZ Council, with other business groups in New Zealand and with Government agencies, especially the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the New Zealand Embassy in Washington.
More information can be found at


ASEAN/New Zealand Business Council
The ANZBC is a member based pluri-lateral Business Council that exists to connect New Zealand businesses with ASEAN trading partners. It provides New Zealand traders doing business with ASEAN nations with an organisation, where they can network, seek contacts, learn about the markets and be assisted in many other ways in their ASEAN business efforts.

The Council frequently consults with Government bodies on trade issues and acts as in integral link between Government and the private sector.


New Zealand China Trade Association
The New Zealand China Trade Association (NZCTA) exists to foster better understanding, trade opportunities and relationship initiatives between New Zealand and the People’s Republic of China.

The Association’s membership comprises corporate and individual members representing a diversity of New Zealand business interests including seasoned traders, merchandise firms, exporters, producer boards, shipping and freight companies, banks and legal firms. The prime objective of the Association remains to strengthen China.


India New Zealand Business Council
The India New Zealand Business Council [INZBC] is the premier trade organisation in New Zealand, which has been working for more than 25 years to build trade relations between India and New Zealand. INZBC has been recognised as the main industry body by both the governments of India and New Zealand. INZBC is run by industry leaders of New Zealand, who have years of experience in this sphere, thereby becoming the key stakeholders for international trade development between India and New Zealand.  

With more than 160 members spanning across various industries, like agriculture, horticulture, dairy, infrastructure, finance, education, tax planning, etc, members form the main-stay of corporate leaders of New Zealand.
For further information please see following links:


Korea New Zealand Business Council
The Korea New Zealand Business is the leading business organization focused solely on the development of trade and commerce between the two countries. It is a voluntary membership-based organization, funded solely by annual subscriptions paid by its members and by small charges and sponsorship for specific events. It holds networking meetings, provides relevant information to members, and lobbies the Governments of both countries about issues impacting on trade potential. It holds a joint meeting with its counterpart Council in Korea each year alternating between the two countries. 


Latin America New Zealand Business Council
The Latin America New Zealand Business Council is the leading business organisation focused solely on the development of trade and commerce between New Zealand and the region. It is a voluntary membership-based organisation, funded entirely by annual member subscriptions, event income, project grants and sponsorship. It holds regular networking events, provides introductions to trade and government connections, delivers relevant information to its members, and lobbies the government about issues impacting on the developing trade potential. 



New Zealand German Business Association
The New Zealand German Business Association (NZGBA) is the officially recognised New Zealand representative of the German Chamber of Commerce and Industry – an organisation with more than three million German members. Formed in 1983, the NZGBA is a non-profit organisation representing the trading relationship between New Zealand and Germany.

The NZGBA is committed to ensuring companies from both countries obtain every assistance to develop and maintain trading relationships. The association has around 230 members, who represent a cross-section of businesses with a New Zealand/German trading relationship. These include:

  • New Zealand importers.
  • New Zealand exporters developing ties with Germany.
  • German subsidiaries in New Zealand.
  • Companies providing essential services to the above.
  • German companies looking to set up business in or with New Zealand.
  • German Regional Chambers of Commerce.
  • German trade organisations.
  • German trade fair organisations.

The NZGBA’s experienced bi-lingual staff regularly help New Zealand exporters, whether they need help planning and executing their trade fair participation or need assistance finding a business partner in Germany.

PO Box 95, Auckland 1140
Ph: 64-9-304 0120 Email:


New Zealand Tonga Business Council
The New Zealand Tonga Business Council was established in 2010 with the underlying objective to promote and facilitate bilateral trade between New Zealand and Tonga – developing an international relationship that is mutual and providing a growing and stable economy in Tonga. Membership comes from all sectors of the New Zealand economy and range from small-medium sized businesses to large scale corporations and government agencies. The Council organises workshops, business luncheons, seminars, members’ evenings and other activities that encourage trade and investment. We provide an environment where knowledge is shared and business connections are made.

PO Box 47, Auckland 1140
Phone +64 9 309 6100, Email or visit


New Zealand Pacific Business Council
The NZ Pacific Business Council’s objective is to promote and facilitate two way trade between New Zealand and the 26 Pacific Island nations of Polynesia, Melanesia and Micronesia. Formed in March 2005, the NZPBC has developed associations with businesses in New Zealand and the Pacific Islands, and engages with Government and NGOs to improve trade and economic outcomes in the region.

Vision Statement: To facilitate growth of two-way trade and investment between New Zealand and Pacific Island countries and territories.
For more info contact:
DDI 09 302 9932, Mob 0276 751 434


New Zealand Samoa Trade & Investment Commission
The New Zealand Samoa Trade & Investment Commission has the key objective of facilitating, strengthening and increasing the flow of trade and investment between New Zealand and Samoa. It has targeted five main sectors for improving export performance, namely fisheries, manufacturing, agriculture, tourism and services. As a valued member of the Commission you will benefit in the following ways:

  • Rapid access to information regarding business opportunities and introduction to key players responsible for trade and investment matters in Samoa.
  • Become part of an expanding network of trade and investment minded people in both Samoa and New Zealand.
  • Receive updates on a regular basis regarding trade developments and other issues from Samoa including the outcome of any trade and investment missions.
  • Opportunity to meet with political and business leaders visiting from Samoa.
  • Access to the Samoa High Commission and Consulate General Office for assistance regards letter of introduction, facilitating trade missions and visits.
  • Contribute to practical research activities in the area of trade and related issues.
  • Receive informed advice on the latest opportunities available for investment in Samoa.

For more information email


New Zealand Pacific Economic Cooperation Council
The New Zealand Committee of the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (NZPECC) aims to promote and advance the Track 2 mode of research, linking New Zealand interests with developments in the wider region. NZPECC works towards deepening the understanding of relevant issues and establishing a regional network of institutions and individuals with compatible views and policy outlooks with whom collaborative relationships can be developed.

NZPECC is a member of PECC International – a unique tripartite partnership of senior individuals from business and industry, government, academic and other intellectual circles. PECC International works closely with APEC. 

NZPECC participates and actively engages widely with their colleagues on current, practical policy issues of the Asia Pacific region.
To learn more about NZPECC or PECC International email, call +64 9 309 6100 or visit