Story: Overseas trade policy

Meat for export

Meat for export

The first shipment of frozen meat to Britain in 1882 promised to create a profitable industry for New Zealand farmers. However, it was not until the mid-1890s, when transport costs fell and meat prices lifted, that the industry actually became profitable. These frozen carcasses are hanging up outside the British New Zealand Meat Company, in Christchurch, in the early 20th century. At the time, the export of frozen meat, as well as butter and cheese, had created an economic boom. Access to markets was not a problem as free-trading Britain took as much as New Zealand could produce.

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Chris Nixon and John Yeabsley, 'Overseas trade policy - Early trade – 1840s to 1920s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 2 December 2023)

Story by Chris Nixon and John Yeabsley, published 11 Mar 2010