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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, Nov. 12) – The Pacific Islands Trade & Investment Commission says Pacific countries should do more research on the types of products to export to New Zealand to avoid swamping the market.

New Zealand has spent more than US$25 million on imports from the Pacific during the first nine months of 2006.

The Commission’s January to September import figures show Fiji, Tonga and Papua New Guinea, French Polynesia and Samoa were the top 5 Pacific countries New Zealand imported from.

Trade Commissioner, Chris Cocker says Pacific countries should focus on what product is unique to their particular country. He says Pacific countries need to be clear on what products to export.

"We tend to be very good in copying each other; once we see that Noni is a hot product in the market we all sort of swamp the market, so we need to identify different niche products that we are good in and produce and export and do business with New Zealand in that case."

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