Government packages & support

The Government has put in place a number of measures and packages to help businesses affected by the COVID-19 coronavirus. Among the support available is a wage subsidy for impacted businesses and a new leave payment scheme. NZTE has also developed a service for its export customers to provide them with bespoke professional services, including business continuity planning and business remodelling, to help manage the impacts of COVID-19 on their business. As part of wider government efforts to keep freight moving, NZTE is also supporting co-ordination of some additional flights to deliver freight capacity. There are also a number of additional resources available through the Regional Business Partner (RBP) Network to help your business through the COVID-19 response.

Learn more about each of these options below.

Government packages & support

Budget 2020: a roundup of business support

The New Zealand Government announced its Wellbeing Budget 2020 on 14 May, 2020.

Air freight options

NZTE is working with Air New Zealand, freight forwarders, exporters and Government agencies to support additional charter flights for freight.

NZTE increases support for exporters as part of economic recovery

NZTE will significantly increase support for exporters to position for recovery from the impact of COVID-19.

Small Business Cashflow Loan Scheme

The Government has announced it will provide interest free loans for a year to small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 economic shock to support their immediate cashflow needs.

WorkSafe - #BetterWorkNZ platform

A platform for businesses to discuss better practices in the wake of COVID-19.

Faster access to "top-up cover" for trade credit insurance

NZEC has streamlined its assessment processes for "top-up cover" coinsurance to help New Zealand exporters.

Cashflow advice and tools

NZTE has produced a range of cashflow tools and templates as well as offering private cashflow clinics for New Zealand export businesses.

Business Finance Guarantee Scheme

The Government has launched a Business Finance Guarantee Scheme for small and medium-sized businesses, to protect jobs and support the economy.

NZTE Export Business Continuity Service

Learn more about NZTE's new service for its export customers.

Regional Business Partner network

The Regional Business Partner (RBP) Network provides support to small and medium-sized enterprises throughout New Zealand.

COVID-19: $17.2b economic response package

The New Zealand Government expanded its multi-billion-dollar support package in an announcement on 23 March 2020.

Additional resources

Below you can find information and contact details for other New Zealand government and international agencies regarding their response to COVID-19.

New Zealand Government agencies
COVID-19 helpline for businesses
New Zealand Customs
Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI)
New Zealand Export Credit (NZEC)
MFAT Export Helpline
MFAT Safetravel
Callaghan Innovation
Ministry of Health
WorkSafe New Zealand

Global agencies

World Health Organization (WHO)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Contact NZTE

We're available to talk to you about any issues your export business is facing due to COVID-19.

For existing NZTE customers, please contact your New Zealand-based Customer Manager.

If you're unsure who to contact or haven't worked with us before, you can call NZTE on 0800 555 888 or email below and one of our Customer Advisors will help you.