The Ministry has commissioned a study on New Zealand international air freight for both exports and imports. This research has analysed demand and available capacity, freight movement patterns and charges, as well as historic trends and future demand.

Although air freight volumes are small in weight terms, they represent 17 percent of New Zealand’s international commodity trade value.

The report highlights that:

  • Air freight typically attracts high value products
  • In general, there is sufficient capacity to handle the expected air freight demand, although there may be temporary capacity shortages at some airports
  • There would be only a modest growth in air freight through to 2030. However, the volume of air freight regularly fluctuates, thus faces an uncertain future.

Read the NZ international air freight report by Murray King and Richard Paling. [PDF, 5.7 MB]