New Zealand and Chile business ties
Chile is New Zealand second-largest trade partner in Latin America, with two-way goods and services trade totalling NZ$311.8 million in 2018. We have business and commercial links in areas including agriculture, technology, mining and retail.
New Zealand and Chile share a common belief in trade liberalisation through the WTO, are both APEC members, and are also both members of the Cairns Group which works to free up agricultural trade internationally. New Zealand has been an active observer of the regional Pacific Alliance and is currently seeking an associate membership. Both countries are also signatories to the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP).
Due to our trade agreements and relationships, similar population sizes and Chile’s location within Latin America, many New Zealand businesses choose to enter the wider region through Chile as a first market.
We have extensive cooperation in agriculture, including training and commercial agritech arrangements, and are cooperating to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the agricultural sector as members of the Global Research Alliance.
Rhianon Berry is New Zealand’s Trade Commissioner based in Santiago, and leads a team that helps New Zealand businesses build partnerships and access opportunities across Chile, Peru and Bolivia.
Before taking up her current post in 2012, Rhianon served as NZTE’s International Market Manager for South America, Europe, the Middle East and Africa – based in Auckland and representing these international regions to businesses and stakeholders in within New Zealand.
Rhianon has also held a number of other NZTE roles, including five years’ experience as a Business Development Manager in Santiago office where she helped New Zealand businesses to engage more effectively in South American value chains.
Rhianon's professional, educational and personal experience spans seventeen countries, primarily in Asia, Latin America and Oceania. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in English and Spanish from the University of Auckland, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Business (International Marketing) from AUT University. She is fluent in Spanish and also speaks conversational Japanese.