Our relationship with Venezuela 

New Zealand's diplomatic relations with Venezuela began in 1980 when our embassy in Mexico became accredited to Venezuela. The relationship between our two countries is based largely on trade, and our work together as members of international organisations such as the WTO and FEALAC (Forum for East Asia – Latin America Cooperation). New Zealand is sharing a term with Venezuela on the UN Security Council for 2015 and 2016.


2014 statistics

Total trade in goods 

$116 million


Exports to Venezuela

$115.8 million

Top exports: milk powder and other dairy products

Imports from Venezuela

$0.2 million

Top imports: men's and boys' shirts


US$206 billion

GDP per capita US$6,757 (NZ GDP per capita is US$43,837)
GDP growth  -4.0 %  

Venezuela is an important export destination for our dairy products, which typically make up more than 95% of our trade with them. Volume of exports can fluctuate widely but in 2014 Venezuala was our xxx largest dairy market.  


Venezuela is eligible for assistance under a modest fund operated by the New Zealand Embassy in Mexico City. The Head of Mission Fund is available to help small non-government organisations and community group development projects in Venezuela. 

The New Zealand Aid Programme funds scholarships for Venezuelans


Recent official visits

New Zealand to Venezuela 

  • 1999  Minister of Agriculture, Hon John Luxton, visited Venezuela.