[29 October/NZ Herald]

According to the 2018 ExportNZ DHL Export Barometer, New Zealand exporters were largely optimistic despite tensions around international trade. It showed over half of the respondents had increased international orders, while 60 percent were optimistic overseas orders would increase. ExportNZ Executive Director, Catherine Beard, said exporters should be prepared for any new challenges ahead. Exporters were looking to the Government for support amidst various concerns. Over 50 percent of the respondents said they wanted more help from the Government to attend international trade shows with other New Zealand companies, as well as help them to find trusted partners in overseas markets. Australia remained the top destination for New Zealand exports at 74 percent. Britain made it to the survey top five for the first time. DHL Express New Zealand Country Manager, Mark Foy, said it had invested in a larger freight plane for trans-Tasman trade due to growing export demand.