Country experience: New Zealand: collecting data on modes of supply
6.27. Most of the trade in services data of New Zealand come from surveys. Modes of supply data for exports were collected directly through the 2011 Census of International Trade in Services and Royalties, which collected data on 55 different service types, excluding transportation, travel, insurance and government services. Respondents were asked to estimate the proportion of their services exports that were delivered through modes 1, 2 or 4. A detailed guide accompanied the census to provide further help, along with examples.
6.28. Respondents were asked to report their services exports in the upper sections of the survey, and then to estimate the percentage of the value that was delivered through modes 1, 2 and 4. It was felt that the respondents would be more comfortable estimating proportions of the value already provided, rather than giving exact monetary values by mode of supply; fewer respondents should leave that section blank that way. Testing showed that most respondents understood the modes of supply concepts, although feedback suggested that the guide was helpful as well.
6.29. For policy reasons, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of New Zealand was interested mainly in exports of services, which is why only exports data was collected for modes of supply. However, modes of supply information could be compiled for imports of services in the same way.