Export and Manufacturing

With the size of our domestic market and our distance from major trading partners, it's vital that our manufacturing and exporting sector is both internationally competitive and cost-effective. From the fluctuating dollar to ever-changing rules and regulations, exporters and manufacturers come under constant pressure from all angles. We understand that pressure; in fact, we’ve got hands-on experience dealing with it! Fortunately we’ve learnt lessons and developed systems that can help you alleviate much of that stress, maximizing the productivity of your operation and increasing your profitability in the process. 

Advice and Consultancy

Members of The Chamber are able to access a wide range of international trade and manufacturing advice and information from our experienced advisers. For more information email Shirley van Waveren (Business & International Trade Adviser) or call 03 366 5096.

Export Documentation (Certificates of Origin)

Certain exports need export documents to be certified (authenticated) by a Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber provides a certification service for certificates of origin and other trade documents, including commercial invoices, packing lists, certificates of manufacture, certificates of free sale, and visa applications. To find out more visit our Export Documentation page or if you require export documents to be certified email our Certs team or call 0800 50 50 96.

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If you are already a member of The Chamber you are also automatically a member of ExportNZ. Through the affiliation with BusinessNZ, ExportNZ can provide you with the knowledge, information, contacts, support and services to help you grow. For more information visit our Exporting page or email Shirley van Waveren or call 03 353 0316.

ExportNZ Canterbury is proud to have Air New Zealand Cargo as its Regional Partner.

Training and Events

The Chamber provides public and in-house training covering all aspects of health & safety as well as workshops and seminars covering strategies to movtivate staff, project management, international trade and technology. The Chamber also provides specific export events and forums including the Global Connections conference, market updates and breakfast networking. Check out over 140 training courses and events specific to all aspects of business in our Training and Events Calendar. To receive our fortnightly Upcoming Training & Events e-newsletter please email Mary Botting.

Resources (samples and guides)

The Chamber has over 100 resources, free to members, covering all aspects of business operation. In particular the export and manufacturing resources cover the following areas:

  • Operations - Import and export management, Lean manufacturing, supply management, productivity, health and safety
  • Sales - distribution, customer relationship management
  • HR - recruitment and retention, team skills and development, employment law, HR policies
  • Business Strategy - strategic planning

 Visit our Resources page to access sample documents and quick guides.

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Business assessments

The Chamber is a Regional Business Partner and a first point of contact for businesses to access business assistance in Canterbury. Regional Business Partners are responsible for the delivery of specialist services, support and funding to enhance business capability and grow business investment in research and development. The Chamber is responsible for assessing local businesses and directing them to courses, advisors, information and other public and private services that meet their particular development needs and may be partially funded via a Business Capability Voucher. To learn more visit our Capability Assessment page, or email Shirley van Waveren or call 03 353 0316.

Grants and Funding

The Chamber is the Technology Regional Business Partner for Canterbury. The New Zealand government offers a full range of co-funding assistance designed to encourage improvement in the capability of existing businesses. The grants are administered through Callaghan Innovation and are focused on improving growth, innovation and research and development. For more information about technology development funding visit our Technology Regional Business Partner page, or email Rob Lawrence or call 03 353 0307.

Global Expert is a subsidised Government service committed to assisting businesses with locating technology experts and expertise through connections with national and international research organisations and consultants. Global Expert can connect companies to experts who can assist with market-related or technical challenges. For more information visit our Global Expert page, or email Rob Lawrence or call 03 353 0307.

Export mentoring

The ExportNZ Canterbury Mentoring Programme is a FREE, simple solution orientated programme for all ExportNZ and Chamber members who are currently exporting or thinking of exporting. For more information visit our Exporting page or email Shirley van Waveren or call 03 353 0316.

Publications and Communications

Manufacturing & Exporting - a monthly e-newsletter update for Chamber members on current manufacturing and export issues and trends, including The Exporter newsletter from ExportNZ. Click here to sign up for this newsletter.

Health and Safety Update - a monthly e-newsletter which includes the latest news, health & safety issues and important information and tips to assist all health and safety personnel. Click here to sign up for this newsletter.

BusinessNZ PMI (Performance of Manufacturing index) - a monthly survey providing an early indicator of levels of activity in the New Zealand manufacturing sector. Email Shirley van Waveren to take part.

Update magazine - distributed quarterly to Chamber members free of charge. Tackling current issues and featuring regular columns from key business leaders. Click here to receive the next issue.

The Latest Word - a fortnightly business update e-newsletter from Peter Townsend's desk. Click here to sign up to receive this newsletter.

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