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New Zealand ports and freight yearbook 2017

The New Zealand ports and freight yearbook presents a concise snapshot of selected macroeconomic and domestic drivers of New Zealand port activity and the freight task.

Ports and freight yearbook 2017

Globalisation has led to an explosion of world trade over the last few decades. As people continue to enter middle income status, consumption patterns increasingly drive demand for traded goods. The political landscape, however, is changing. Global public concern appears to be rising, with the emergence of conservative views driving an increasingly protectionist agenda. New Zealand, as a small open economy reliant on trade, is particularly vulnerable to any major policy shifts towards protectionism.

New Zealand ports and freight yearbook 2017

Ports and freight yearbook 2016

New Zealand is a trading nation. Ports provide a vital link for 99.5% of its trade with international markets. From over 150 “ports” operating through its history, most have since been superseded by development of more efficient overland transport, or abandoned as unsuitable for evolving shipping requirements, notably ever larger ships. Of the twelve international ports that remain, a hierarchy is forming based on scale of throughput and service capability.  

New Zealand ports and freight yearbook 2016
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