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Trade with APEC - year ended June 1999

Trade with APEC countries accounted for 69 per cent of New Zealand's exports of goods and 72 per cent of New Zealand's imports of goods in the year ended June 1999. During the last five years, trade with APEC countries has contributed a reasonably stable proportion of New Zealand's total merchandise trade.
APEC stands for Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation and is a grouping of regional economies set up in November 1989 with 12 founding members including New Zealand and several of our main trading partners. A further nine countries have since joined.

For the year ended June 1999, provisional merchandise exports to APEC countries totalled $15,650 million. Three countries accounted for 69 per cent of this export value. Australia at 31 per cent was the main export market followed by the United States of America at 19 per cent and Japan at 18 per cent. The main commodities exported were milk powder, butter and cheese at 14 per cent, wood and wood articles at nine per cent and meat and edible offal at nine per cent.
For the same year, provisional merchandise imports from APEC countries totalled $17,417 million. As for exports there were three countries which dominated, accounting for 73 per cent of this import value. Australia at 31 per cent was the main source of imports followed by the United States of America at 25 per cent and Japan at 18 per cent. The main commodities imported were mechanical machinery at 15 per cent, vehicles, parts and accessories at 14 per cent and electrical machinery at 10 per cent.

The provisional merchandise trade balance with APEC countries for the year ended June 1999 was a deficit of $1,768 million compared with a deficit of $1,149 million for the previous June year.

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