New Zealand’s annual trade deficit for the year ending April was the worst since the global financial crisis and was driven by falling dairy exports and prices and slowing demand from China, according to the government’ s statistics agency. trade
At the end of last month, the annual trade deficit was 2.6 billion NZ dollars (1.9 billion U.S. dollars), the largest annual deficit since the year ended June 2009, Statistics New Zealand said Tuesday.
Total goods exports in the month of April fell by 5.5 percent year on year to 4.2 billion NZ dollars (3.07 billion U.S. dollars), with dairy exports down by 27 percent due to lower quantities for whole milk powder and lower prices.
“The value of whole milk powder we sent to China in April 2015 was a fifth of the April 2014 value,” international statistics manager Jason Attewell said in a statement.
“Volumes were a third of what they were in April 2014, and lower prices made up the rest of the fall in value.”
Imports were up 2.6 percent to 4 billion NZ dollars (2.92 billion U.S. dollars).
The country was paying the price for the government’s failure to diversify the economy, the opposition Green Party said.
“The Budget last week was quite clear that the government’s positive economic predictions rely on increasing dairy revenue, but the trends show that this is unlikely,” Green Party co-leader Russel Norman said in a statement. Enditem



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