General region overview

There is significant disruption to business across North America from the impact of COVID-19. This disruption is putting pressure on business operations in the region, and many other operations elsewhere. United States Federal Reserve Chair Jerome H. Powell has said, "The virus presents significant economic challenges" as workers are forced to quarantine themselves to mitigate the spread of disease across the US and Canada.

All major trade shows and events in the US and Canada have been postponed or cancelled.

Currently, there is no evidence to support transmission of COVID-19 associated with imported goods. As such, there is no change to the regulatory settings for trade with the US or Canada, and no additional sanitary or phytosanitary requirements are required by the United States or Canadian Governments on market access for primary sector products exports and imports.

Cargo movement is not restricted under the recent US travel restrictions or in Canada, and ocean freight cargo is still moving freely. However, the significant reduction of passenger flights by airlines (which handle 50 percent of all airfreight) will have a serious impact.

For more information on doing business in the US and Canada, visit myNZTE - our free online portal for curated, in-depth information and guidance.    

Market overviews


Updates on COVID-19 impacts in Canada.

United States

Updates on COVID-19 impacts in the United States.

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.