Welcome to India. India is all about ‘big’ – democracy, population, workforce, industries and opportunities. This developing country can be a challenging place to do business, particularly with its strong regional differences, however, it’s a diverse exciting market with plenty of prospects across a wide range of industries. Relationships, shared business interests and a comprehensive market understanding are important to maximise these openings.
If you’d like to find out more about this dynamic lively market, download our India market guide on this page.
Here's a snapshot - you can find more detailed data in our guide.
|Export market ranking||NZ's 9th largest export market (20161)|
|Free trade agreements||None|
|Ease of Doing Business ranking2||130 of 190|
|Corruption Perceptions Index ranking3||79 of 176|
Getting to IndiaThere are no direct flights from New Zealand to India, however Air New Zealand, Air India and Singapore Airlines offer non-direct flights. This will take you at least 18 hours.
When to visit
There are plenty of national and regional public holidays in India. Plus, May and June marks monsoon season. Given this, it’s a good idea to check when India’s national holidays are as some businesses may close over these periods.
Before you go, check Safe Travel for travel advisories on India.
There are some important cultural differences to be aware of when visiting India. For example, Indians are generally very religious people and can be quite conservative. Drinking alcohol is not allowed in some parts of India and drinking is largely restrained. It’s important to learn and understand the Indian culture, consumer needs and market requirements.
You’ll find more cultural information in our guide on this page.
Working in-marketGetting the most out of your visit means hitting the ground running. Co-working is an excellent option if you’re staying put for more than a few days. Facilities vary, but typically you can expect a desk, and access to wifi, printer / scanner, tea / coffee and a lounge area. Some facilities may offer extended perks such as parking and on-site cafes. If you’re visiting the market solo, it also means the chance to work in the company of other like-minded business people and freelancers. Co-working spaces can be searched by city on Nomad List.
Connect with NZTE in India
If you’re an NZTE customer and preparing to visit India, please get in touch with your Customer Manager to discuss your plans and possible areas of assistance. If you don’t have a Customer Manager, contact our Advisor Team for more information.
New Zealand's relationship with India
If you're looking for more information about our trade and diplomatic relationship with India, take a look at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade website. Their India page is packed with information, including a list of embassies and details of recent official visits.