The Pacific Islands Trade and Investment Commission says next week's New Zealand trade mission to four Pacific destinations is an opportunity to bridge the trade gap.
The mission will be led by the trade negotiations minister, Jim Sutton, and include about 40 businesspeople who will visit French Polynesia, American Samoa, Samoa and New Caledonia.
Trade has been growing but there is an imbalance in New Zealand's favour.
Parmesh Chand of the Auckland-based Pacific Islands Trade and Investment Commission office says the mission offers a chance to expand trade .
"We also are delighted to be included in the mission as it gives us an ideal opportunity to promote trade, particularly exported from those islands into New Zealand in order to bridge the gap which exist in terms of New Zealand exports vis-à-vis New Zealand imports from those islands."
Parmesh Chand of the Pacific Islands Trade and Investment Commission