Dramatic growth in kiwifruit and cherry exports to Chinese Taipei

Press releases
Thursday, November 12, 2015

Trade figures release today show spectacular growth in New Zealand’s exports to Chinese Taipei, says local MP Todd Muller.

“Bay of Plenty cherry and kiwifruit exporters both saw increases of 150 per cent and 24 per cent respectively since 2013, bringing a welcome lift for growers”, says Todd Muller.

Underlying the exponential growth is the Economic Cooperation Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu (ANZTEC) which entered into force in December 2013.

“Before entry into force, New Zealand’s goods and services exports to Chinese Taipei were valued at $987 million a year. Since then, exports have increased by 22 percent, rising to $1.2 billion in the year ended June 2015.

“These early results are extremely encouraging and will build jobs and more opportunities, particularly in regional and provincial New Zealand.

“Building a strong economy provides the capital to focus on delivering meaningful benefits for Kiwi families, such as the Tauranga Eastern Link, expanding our local schools, increasing paid parental leave to 16 weeks, and delivering free doctor visits for children under 13”, says Todd Muller.

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Media contact: Stefan Slooten (04) 817 9431

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