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Two trade missions get set to go

The latest ExportNZ Survey shows exporters are confident of good growth and increasing orders in overseas markets for 2014, despite battling against a currency that is higher than most would wish for.

NZ ambassador to Indonesia, HE David Taylor, Cableways Lance Shephard, and Glidepath’s CEO Sir Ken Stevens savour some shrimp crisps at a visit to a shrimp processing plant at Surabaya, Indonesia last year. The highly successful mission was led by Hon Maurice Williams, Minister of Customs, and Sir Ken and with the full backing of the NZ Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and NZTE

ExportNZ and partners have scheduled two significant trade missions for later this year and currently seeking expressions of interest in them.

The first trade mission is to North Asia – Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau – is with partner Eurofair Ltd and leaves Auckland on 12 July.

The second, in partnership with the ASEAN NZ Business Council, departs Auckland for Jakarta on 23 August, and follows on from a highly successful trade mission to Indonesia last June.

Both offer intensive programmes of briefings, business matching, networking and social events. Draft itineraries are set out below.


Why would you go on a trade mission rather than do it yourself?

Travelling with a group of like-minded trade entrepreneurs delivers a range of benefits that are simply unable to be matched when you seek trade development opportunities on your own individual account.

The visitor programme you participate in is structured and co-ordinated to maximise the opportunities for you to attend business briefings, company site visits, networking events, and one-on-one meetings with likely business partners identified in advance specifically for you to meet.

The Export NZ trade missions take a collaborative approach to achieve specific business outcomes to support your business growth. We tailor our programmes to meet your business need. In particular their benefits include:

• NZ cabinet minister influence and/or official government presence to assist with ‘opening doors’ for your business negotiations
• Gaining access to key decision-makers
• Obtain first-hand experience of the supply chain, and the expertise of the local business and cultural environment
• Heightened PR/media interest in your business activities to raise your company product profile in-market and in New Zealand.
• Learn from the expertise and new contacts of others on the mission
• Explore options with NZ and in-market contacts for developing a market strategy or new business model
• Obtain credibility and profile in the destination market in a way an individual business cannot achieve.

For example for the Taiwan, Hong Kong mission Export NZ has obtained the endorsement and support in market from:

New Zealand Trade Development Centre (NZTDC)
Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA)

Hong Kong
Hong Kong Exhibition Services Ltd
Hong Kong Trade Development Council
New Zealand Trade & Enterprise
Hong Kong Economic Trade Office
Invest Hong Kong

Macao Trade & Investment Promotion Institute

For this mission we envisage the main interest will be from companies in the following sectors :

• Aviation
• Education
• Food & Beverage / processing machinery
• Specialised manufacturing
• Tourism
• Investment
• JV possibilities

The North Asia mission will be the first to visit Taiwan since their signing of the Free Trade Agreement with New Zealand, and the first ever to visit Macau. (Macau’s casino activity is said to be considerably larger than Las Vegas.)

North Asia draft itinerary:


Trade Mission delegate pricing includes:
• Return line-haul airfares
• Domestic travel in Indonesia
• Hotels and breakfast
• Buses and guides
• Gifts for business hosts
• Welcome dinner
• Business matching
• Arrangement of Mission activities
• Leadership
• Tour management and administration

Trade Mission delegate pricing does not include:
• Travel insurance (obligatory)
• Visas / passports
• Travel in NZ to Auckland or Christchurch international airports
• Personal expenses

50 floors up at Pacific Place, a major mall in Jakarta built by Beca.

Trade Mission to Indonesia
The proposed dates for the Export NZ.ASEAN Business Council mission to Indonesia this year are to depart Auckland on Saturday 23rd August and return on September 10th. A New Zealand Food Festival is being held in Jakarta from September 8th to 14th which may hold over some delegates.

Visits to four cities are being planned

1. Jakarta
2. Bandung (West Java)
3. Surabaya (East Java)
4. Either:
a. Padang - the largest city in the western coast of Sumatra,
Indonesia and the capital of West Sumatra province or
b. Medan (North Sumatra)

Again companies from the following sectors are likely to find Indonesia especially open to doing business:
• Tourism
• F&B and horticulture
• Geothermal
• Education
• Aviation

Our experience is these visits invariably prove to be valuable business experiences for just about any type of business. You need to be in early!

Our resources can accommodate limited numbers so lodge your expression of interest right away, to:




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