This page includes insights from NZTE's in-market networks (noting these are not all official channels), and advice and links to third-party information that may be of use. Don't forget to check out our sector insights and advice to exporters below – covering retail, e-commerce, restaurants and food service. You'll also find a series of video insights, bought to you by our team on the ground across China.
China is largely operational now, with most people back to working and living as normal, and domestic travel at close to pre-pandemic levels with minimal restrictions. We note that international visitors are still subject to visa and quarantine restrictions and China’s supply chains are still disrupted due to the global COVID-19 situation.
China is largely operational now, with minimal travel restrictions across the country and many people returning to their workplaces or effectively working from home. We note that international visitors are still subject to visa and quarantine restrictions and China’s supply chains are still disrupted due to the global Covid-19 situation.
It is crucial that exporters to China continue to utilise a range of advice as part of their decision-making processes. We recommend proactive communication with employees and business partners to discuss how your business may be affected. This includes your suppliers, logistics providers, distributors, banks, retailers and e-commerce platforms.
NZTE has established a China-specific advisory service comprising of our China team as well as a panel of external experts. This service is available to any exporters who are experiencing issues.
Top level insights: July 2020
On the whole, market conditions for New Zealand companies are improving in mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan.
The limited availability of flights resulting in elevated airfreight costs remains a challenge despite regular cargo flights. International sea freight is almost back to normal.
Chinese consumers continue the shift to online purchasing. Navigating and building capability in e-commerce is one of the fastest growing customers requests.
Travelling/ returning to China remains challenging for foreign nationals. Visas to undertake “urgent or necessary economic activity” in China have been granted to a number of New Zealand business people. Quarantine for two weeks must be completed in all three markets.
Exports categories that are up on the same period last year include dairy and infant formula, meat (slightly ahead), horticulture including fruit (slight lift) - though the industry is reporting increasing downward price pressure and competition due to inventory build up when consumption was weak.
Export categories that are down include Forestry (all major product categories have fallen sharply), and Seafood exporters have faced significant difficulties.