Our relationship with Cambodia

New Zealand has good relations with Cambodia, with a small but steady trade relationship and connections though our work with the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) and through the East Asia Summit. Cambodia is a popular tourist destination for New Zealanders.   

The Khmer Rouge rule left the country struggling to rebuild many of the economic, social and physical foundations needed for its future growth and development. While the Cambodian Government is providing political stability and has achieved good economic growth, Cambodia remains one of Asia’s least developed countries. 

New Zealand was involved in the Cambodian peace process in the aftermath of Khmer Rouge rule. In 1993 we provided the then-largest peacekeeping force (over 100 military personnel) to the UN peacekeeping mission in Cambodia (UNTAC). During the years of conflict we also took in 4,600 refugees.


2015 statistics

Total trade in goods 

$16.38 million


Exports to Cambodia

$8.43 million 

Top exports: milk powder, frozen beef, apples pears and quinces

Imports from Cambodia

$16.38 million

Top imports: women's or girls' knitted or crocheted suits, men's or boys' suits, knitted or crocheted T-shirts and singlets


US$18 billion

GDP per capita US$3,490 (NZ GDP per capita is US$36,801)
GDP growth  7.0%  

Our trade relationship with Cambodia is modest, but has the potential to develop under the ASEAN Australia New Zealand Free Trade Agreement (AANZFTA). Almost half of what we import from Cambodia is clothing and our main exports are milk powder, frozen meats and fruit. New Zealand consultancy companies are active in Cambodia, working on water supply and sanitation, resource management, civil engineering and other areas. 

Free trade agreements with Cambodia

Cambodia and New Zealand are both part of the regional free trade agreement AANZFTA.   

We're also negotiating another regional free trade agreement that includes Cambodia:

NZ Inc ASEAN strategy

As a member of ASEAN, Cambodia is included in the NZ Inc ASEAN strategy. NZ Inc is the Government’s plan to strengthen New Zealand’s economic, political and security relationships with key international partners.

NZ Inc ASEAN strategy 


The New Zealand Aid Programme in Cambodia is part of our overall programme for the Mekong region, which is guided by our relationship with ASEAN. The main focus of our work in Cambodia is developing agriculture, and developing human resources by providing scholarships and English language training. 

Find out more about our aid programme with ASEAN


Recent official visits

New Zealand to Cambodia
  • 2015: Foreign Minister Murray McCully visited for bilateral meetings
  • 2013: Governor General Sir Jerry Mateparae undertook a state visit
  • 2012: Prime Minister John Key visited for the East Asia Summit
  • 2012: Trade Minister Tim Groser visited for the East Asia Summit
Cambodia to New Zealand
  • 2014: Minister of Commerce HE Mr SUN Chantol visited and met with the Minister of Trade