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Pakihi - Te mahi pakihi i tāwāhi Business - Doing business overseas

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This resource contains both New Zealand and international links to government and other sources which provide practical information on exporting. These links also provide background information on a number of countries, and a special section includes material on cross-cultural business etiquette. Wellington City Library resources are also highlighted.

New Zealand resources and contacts

Government offers advice for exporters, including articles, case studies, online tools and other useful information for small businesses.
Export New Zealand
For events and courses in the Wellington region click here
NZ Companies Office site for doing business in Australia
A factsheet introducing the ASIC and provides advice on how to register a foreign company in Australia.
New Zealand Customs Service
Provides exporters with all the customs regulations they need to be aware of.
New Zealand Export Credit Office
The officially supported export credit agency for New Zealand. It specialises in providing support to exporters through insurance so that exporters will get paid and are able to offer finance terms to their buyers. The ECO provides support to exporting firms with growth potential and work with the private sector to provide underwriting services.
New Zealand Food Safety Authority
New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade
New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE)
This is the New Zealand government's national economic development agency. Here you will find the How NZTE can help
which lists resources and support to help your business grow and improve its competitiveness. Also : Export Assistance;
information about the New Zealand International Business Awards programme, Export Essentials Guide
New Zealand Trade Centre
Enables international buyers to view products that are available for export from New Zealand and is endorsed by NZTE.

Other organisations and agencies

The Customs Brokers and Freight Forwarders Federation of New Zealand
Global-Link is a Wellington Chamber of Commerce hosted site.
Kea New Zealand
Kea's mission is to connect New Zealand with its large global talent community, and contribute to the growth, development, and future prosperity of New Zealand by facilitating the sharing of knowledge, contacts and opportunities around the world.
Korea New Zealand Business Council (Wellington based)
A group of New Zealand companies, organisations and Government Agencies involved in promoting increased business, disseminating information and research between Korea and New Zealand. Includes the Council's newsletter Korea line.
Latin America New Zealand Business Council (Wellington based)
The Council promotes increased business and trade between Latin America and New Zealand companies. Details of the service, offers, members directory; business information is included.
New Zealand China Trade Association
NZCTA promotes increased business and trade between Chinese and New Zealand companies. It is based within the Auckland Chamber of Commerce. The site includes information on the Business Visa Service arrangement with the New Zealand Immigration Service in Beijing.
New Zealand German Business Association
The NZGBA is the officially recognized New Zealand representative of the German Chamber of Commerce and Industry and exists to foster closer trading relationships between New Zealand and German companies. Includes access to the Association's newsletter Trading Opportunities, and lists upcoming trade fairs.

Articles, reports, newstories available online

Southeast Asia: a beginner's guide to market visits (Exporter Today) June 2019
Breakfast Series: Caroline Bilkey's Brazil -Latin America New Zealand Business Council (August 2018)
How to build a great export brand NZ Business (28 October 2019)
Top tips for nz advanced technology exporters breaking into the Japanese market NZ Story Business tips- February 2018.
2019 ExportNZ DHL Export Barometer Business NZ
Meeting the rules for exporting. A guide to the honey and bee products export chain. MPI 1 July 2019
Learning from local exporters to future-proof NZ businesses globally BDO Blog post
A land of rising opportunities: Kiwis doing business in Japan From the Asia Media Centre
NZ's creative sector - our missed opportunity? NZ Exporter today 25 October 2019)

Articles from our online magazine collection

The articles below which have links are from the EBSCO suite of databases, part of and can be accessed fulltext online. If you have not accessed EBSCO within the last thirty days, you need to login here first.
Kiwis helping kiwis: partners abroad. (cover story)

Author: Le Pla, Ruth
Source: NZ Business; Sept 2011, Vol. 25 Issue 8, pp 24-28
Abstract: The article looks at how Kea (Kiwi Expat Assn) is helping New Zealander exporters get new customers and gain toeholds in new markets.
Title: Short and simple IP guide for exporters

Source: NZ Business; Dec2011/Jan2012, Vol. 25 Issue 11, p33
Lists all the major types of IP and how it is used.

International links - doing business in other countries

Doing Business
This World Bank site provides indicators of the cost of doing business in various countries. There are country specific reports and 155 printable country data profiles. Economies can also be compared.
China Council for the Promotion of International Trade - The Ultimate Event Resource
Reputedly one of the leading online resources for the trade show, exhibition and event industry, the site contains data on more than 15,000 trade shows, exhibitions, public events and conferences. Free registration required to view trade show details.
GlobalEDGE Country Insights
Current information on the business climate, news, history, political structure, economic landscape, and relevant statistical data are provided in a region and country-specific format, covering 197 countries. A rich collection of country and region specific international business links adds to the vast collection of information.
IMF country information
International Trade / Export-Import Portal - Find trade leads, web resources, trade events and more. It is the official website of the Federation of International Trade Associations (FITA) and has links to over 3,000 international trade Web sites. The site aims to provide the most content-rich international trade site and to provide a comprehensive global trade shop featuring goods and services needed by those involved in international trade.
This website serves as a great starting point for anyone keen to learn about various government branches and agencies, as well as acting as an important resource for people seeking to do business there.

Business etiquette/cultural awareness

Web resources

Business etiquette and manners
The Web's leading resource for international business etiquette and manners. The site provides cultural information for a number of different countries around the world. It rates each country using Hofstede's 5 key indicators of culture: power distance, uncertainty avoidance, masculinity, individualism, and long-term orientation

Lilly Shi, Solicitor at Kensington Swan

Ni Hao, what now? Managing cross cultural business expectations.

Last updated Jan 2020

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