Thursday, October 22, 2009
Intermarche also has 500 stores in Belgium, Spain, Portugal, Poland and Romania. This is where the opening of important markets comes in. I wondered what the size of New Zealand’s current export trade to those five countries is currently, and so set myself a reference question to find out. Here are my results:
In the June year 2007-2008 New Zealand exported to:
Belgium Goods worth NZ$587,414,000 of which sheep meat (HS code 0204) was 28.04%
Spain Goods worth NZ$299,865,000 of which sheep meat was 9.2%
Portugal Goods worth NZ$ 42,201,618 of which sheep meat was 44.9%
Poland Goods worth NZ$ 20,245,916 of which sheep meat was 1.02%
Romania Goods worth NZ$ 4,756,880 . No sheep meat has been exported to Romania in the period 2000-2009.
So certainly it seems that with the exception of Portugal where exports of sheep meat made up over 40% of New Zealand’s trade, then the Silver Fern Farms initiative could indeed open up markets for our products in the other countries and especially Romania.
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Statistics New Zealand (2008) Global New Zealand international trade, investment and travel profile. pp.41 and 47
Figures for Portugal, Poland and Romania from Statistics New Zealand. Infoshare. Retrieved 21 October 2009.