Kiwifruit shipments have driven a surge in New Zealand’s overall exports during August.
Figures released by Stats NZ show kiwifruit exports reached NZ$268m last month, up 37 per cent on the corresponding period last year.
Stats NZ said the rise was the leading contributor to an increase of $306m in the country’s overall goods exports, which reached NZ$3.7bn for the month.
For the August 2017 year (12 months to 31 August), the value of kiwifruit shipments hit a record NZ$1.8bn, up 13 per cent from the previous year. Volume was up 9.8 per cent over the same period.
"This annual increase in kiwifruit exports was led by gold kiwifruit, in particular to China," said Stats NZ’s international statistics senior manager Daria Kwon.
The value of New Zealand kiwifruit exports hit a seven year high earlier this year, topping NZ$373m for the month of May.
Goods imports reached NZ$4.9bn in August 2017, with the monthly trade deficit at NZ$1.2bn (33 percent of exports).