Ensuring your business is financially ready for international growth is imperative for your success. One of the common reasons New Zealand exporters fail when they try to expand into international markets is bad financial planning and a lack of funding. They underestimate the capital required to enter into a new market and sustain themselves once there.

Taking the time to understand the financial implications of exporting and being prepared with a detailed financial plan, will significantly increase your ability to attain capital for sustainable growth. Funding growth from cash flow is not an option for all businesses. Often materials, componentry, shipping and distribution, tariffs, promotion and marketing among the myriad of other operational costs have to be pre-paid here in New Zealand before the goods have been delivered offshore - and paid for by the customer. The debtor cycle for export markets may be double or treble what you experience in New Zealand.

Learn more about key areas of expenditure, how to sustain and fund your export drive through debt or equity funding and who can help you realise your growth ambitions.

Understanding your funding options

This Export Essentials guide takes you through the key considerations for funding for international expansion. You’ll find information on:

  • What costs to account for when developing your export plan and budget
  • What your funding options are
  • The information you’ll need when seeking debt or equity funding
  • What you need to have in your financial plans before raising capital

Download our free guide on this page for understanding funding for international growth.

Watch this four-minute video of Mike Devonshire NZTE Beachhead Advisor and Steve Boyd from luxury accessories label, Deadly Ponies, sharing their perspectives on what cash flow and capital considerations you need to contemplate to ensure you enter into and sustain yourself in a new market.

Read the video transcript

If you would like to learn more about developing the right approach to exporting for your business, register now for the next Export Essentials workshop. We’ll give you practical tools and techniques to take your business global.

Exporter guide

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Identify gaps in your strategy using the Export Plan template
  • I want to find funding for my export business
    If you’re working out how to fund your export plans, take a look at our useful Export Essentials guide to funding your export growth. This includes information on debt funding and external (investment) funding - the two key options for export companies wanting to expand. 

    The first step in funding your plans is knowing what they’ll cost – so if you’re starting a new business or considering taking your company into overseas markets, make sure you also check out our Export Essentials guide to the cost of exporting.

    Some government grants are available for businesses in New Zealand, but most involve co-funding, meaning you’ll need to at least match the money that you’re given. 

    For information on government funding for your business, visit Business.govt.nz’s useful page on government grants and what you can get help with. 

    The Export Credit Office can also help you with understanding how to access trade finance when you're delivering on export contracts.

    For information about NZTE’s own funding offerings and how they work, visit our page on funding
  • I want to find out about tax requirements for export
    NZTE doesn’t provide tax or legal advice as we are not specialists in this area – the best option is always to get professional advice on this matter. 

    To find tax a lawyer in New Zealand, the New Zealand Law Society provide a useful tool on their website.

    Your local Chamber of Commerce may be also able to recommend tax or legal experts who have knowledge of particular export markets, and have worked with other export companies. You can find your nearest chamber online on the New Zealand Chamber Network web page.

    For some markets, NZTE holds lists of tax lawyers and accountants that our team is aware of – to check if a list of contacts is available for the market you’re looking at, contact our Advisor Team on 0800 555 888 or send us an enquiry
  • How do I protect my business against a buyer defaulting on a payment?
    The Export Credit Office can help you protect your business from cancelled contracts or payment defaults that are due to commercial or political events beyond your control. 

Export Essentials workshops

Develop your export plan in our practical two-day workshop