The value of exported goods fell $423 million (11 percent) to $3.5 billion in October 2012, compared with October 2011, Statistics New Zealand said today.
"Almost half of the fall in export values was due to the falling value of dairy," industry and labour statistics manager Louise Holmes-Oliver said. "This was despite an increase in dairy quantities."
The value of imports rose $70 million (1.7 percent). Contributors to this rise were capital goods, up $94 million, and consumption goods, up $64 million, while intermediate goods fell $83 million.
The trade balance for October 2012 was a deficit of $718 million (21 percent of exports). This compares with a deficit of $226 million (5.8 percent of exports) in October 2011.
Seasonally adjusted exports fell 14 percent compared with September 2012. There was a large fall in milk powder, butter, and cheese exports, following two large decreases in August and September. Seasonally adjusted imports fell 8.0 percent in October 2012.
The trend for exports remains at a high level, but is 6.3 percent lower than its peak of November 2011. The trend for imports has shown little change in recent months, and is now 7.0 percent lower than its record high of September 2008.