Our relationship with Bangladesh

New Zealand and Bangladesh have a friendly relationship, although contact is mostly limited to interactions around membership in the Commonwealth and United Nations. Our trade relationship is growing, with increased demand for New Zealand milk powder in Bangladesh. We share a love of cricket, and compete frequently in international matches and tours.


June 2016 Statistics

Total trade in goods 

$330 million


Exports to Bangladesh

$219 million 

Top exports: Dairy and animal products, apples and pears.

Imports from Bangladesh

$110 million

Top imports: knitted or crocheted T-shirts and singlets, men's or boys' suits, knitted or crocheted jerseys, bed and table linen.


US$221 billion

GDP per capita US$3,586  
GDP growth  7.1%  

Bangladesh benefits from New Zealand’s policy to extend duty free access to the world's least developed countries.

There is growing demand for New Zealand milk powder in Bangladesh, and opportunities for New Zealand in the energy and telecommunications sectors. 


Bangladesh receives some funding from the New Zealand Aid Programme through emergency and disaster relief, and through United Nations and NGO channels. 

Bangladeshi students can apply for Commonwealth Scholarships for postgraduate study in New Zealand universities. 

Find out about Commonwealth Scholarships


Recent official visits

New Zealand to Bangladesh
  • March 2014: The Prime Minister’s Special Envoy for the UN Security Council campaign, Jim Bolger, visited Bangladesh - the first high level visit from New Zealand to Bangladesh for 41 years
Bangladesh to New Zealand
  • February 2017: The Bangladesh Minister of Food visited New Zealand with a particular focus on New Zealand agircultural expertise and dairy exports
  • August 2015: Minister of Livestock and Fisheries, Muhammed Sayedul, visited New Zealand to explore opportunities in sheep and dairy farming
  • February 2015: Minister of Sports and Youth Shri Biren Sikder, Minister of State for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources, Nasrul Hamid and Deputy Minister for Youth and Sports Arif Joy Khan visited New Zealand during the Cricket World Cup. Minister for Planning, Mustafa Kamal, also visited in his capacity as President of the International Cricket Council
  • August 2013: A delegation of Bangladeshi Judges, led by Mr Justice Md Muzammel Hossain, the Honourable Chief Justice of Bangladesh, visited New Zealand to learn about New Zealand court operations and functions