Source: US Department of Agriculture Foreign Agricultural Service
Although New Zealand has been less impacted by COVID-19 than most countries around the world, it has still had a major effect on the HRI sector. This is especially true of the tourism and hospitality sectors which have been severely hit by closed international borders. However, relatively short and limited lockdowns in the country have allowed domestic spending at HRI establishments to support the sector. New Zealand imports of U.S. products have held up well so far this year, and are on a similar pace to 2019 when U.S$ 587 million of U.S. agricultural products were imported.