The data collected from this survey is used to compile New Zealand's balance of payments statistics, as well as providing information to inform New Zealand's international trade negotiations. Information is collected by country; however, where there is a very small volume of transactions between New Zealand and a particular country detailed figures are not published.
This is a survey of New Zealand businesses that either export or import commercial services and/or receive or make payments abroad for royalties. The survey aims to capture 95 percent of all commercial services and royalties transactions within the Balance of Payments framework. The sample size is updated at periodic intervals using the Census of International Trade in Services and Royalties results. The annual International Trade in Services and Royalties Births Survey (ITSS births survey) is used to update the Quarterly International Trade in Services and Royalties Survey sample population. On an annual basis, businesses that account for a significant percentage of the value of New Zealand’s total commercial service transactions are added to the quarterly sample population.
This survey takes place quarterly.
Under the Statistics Act 1975 you must provide the information requested by Statistics NZ. It is also important that information from all of the businesses surveyed is accurately represented in the statistical results.
Providing information to Statistics NZ is a statutory obligation. There is no provision in the Statistics Act 1975 for people to be paid for providing information. Where possible, we request information in a way that is easily obtainable from business records. We also recognise that completing questionnaires can be time consuming. For some surveys, we provide survey respondents with information that can be useful for your business planning purposes. Survey results are available free of charge on the Statistics NZ website.
The Statistics Act 1975 states that:
Statistics NZ does not share your information with other government agencies. Other government agencies can provide their information to Statistics NZ, but only for statistical purposes. Statistics NZ sometimes undertakes a statistical survey jointly with another government department or government agency. In all cases, respondents are informed that it is a joint collection. You may object to information being passed to the other party by writing to Statistics NZ. Where this right is exercised, Statistics NZ withholds the information from the other party.
Businesses selected for any Statistics NZ survey must provide the information requested. This is a legal requirement under the Statistics Act 1975.
We appreciate that it can be difficult and time consuming to complete survey forms. If you would prefer to provide information by fax or by email, please phone our survey help desk on 0800 809 464 to discuss these options.
Yes, free standard results are available each quarter. See the Balance of Payments and International Investment Position statistics and key results from other Statistics New Zealand surveys for more information.
Many statistics are available free of charge from our website. You can get detailed information from our Customer Services staff by emailing email@example.com, or by phoning at your nearest Statistics NZ office. Our newsletters also contain information that you may find useful. The information available could assist you in business planning and monitoring business performance.
We can provide information that could help your business. For instance we have information that can help in:
Further explanation can be found in Business Helper, a web-based guide for business users. We can also provide statistics that enable a comparison of the results of your business with industry results. Contact our Information Centre for more information on Business Helper or on business profiling. Please phone 0508 525 525 (toll-free), or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.