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2018 AmCham-DHL Express Success & Innovation Awards

Entries open for AmCham – DHL Express Success & Innovation Awards for companies doing business with the USA


 The American Chamber of Commerce is delighted to announce the launch of the 2018 AmCham – DHL Express Success & Innovation Awards, held in conjunction with United Airlines. 2018 is the nineteenth year these awards have been held and they celebrate business achievement between New Zealand and the United States.

 "The annual Success & Innovation Awards provide an opportunity to showcase those companies that have demonstrated imagination, innovation and entrepreneurship, as well as honour and celebrate their achievements," said Mike Hearn, Executive Director, American Chamber of Commerce in New Zealand.

 This year we have added a new award to recognise an individual who is a leading entrepreneur and who has shown innovation in doing business with the USA 


-         Exporter of the Year to the USA - with export revenues to the USA up to NZ $1 million
Exporter of the Year to the USA - revenues from NZ $1 million to NZ $10 million
  Exporter of the Year to the USA - revenues over NZ $10 million
  Importer of the Year from the USA
Investor of the Year for New Zealand companies investing in the US, as well as US companies investing in New Zealand
Bilateral Connections Award
  Contribution to Tourism
Bilateral Entrepreneur/Innovator of the Year with the USA

 Commenting on the awards, Mark Foy, Country Manager, DHL Express New Zealand, said “International trade continues to grow with Kiwi businesses taking advantage of larger offshore markets, as highlighted in the 2017 ExportNZ DHL Export Barometer. The research indicates more than half (55%) of New Zealand exporters have seen international orders increase over the past 12 months, and a record of 71% of Kiwi companies expect this to continue to increase for 2018. While Trans-Tasman trade continues to dominate exports with almost 80% of exporters trading into Australia, the percentage of exporters trading with the USA has also significantly increased to 51% in the past year.”  

 “Innovation and Kiwi ingenuity are at the heart of numerous Kiwi export success stories and the high calibre of finalists this year is a testament to this. We look forward to seeing New Zealand businesses continue to thrive this year in the prosperous global export market”

 A Supreme Award winner is selected from winners of each of these awards.  AmCham also presents an award to the Member/Supporter of the Year. 

 The winners of the importer, exporter, bilateral connections and tourism awards receive a return Economy Plus airfare to anywhere in the USA from United Airlines.

Companies interested in entering the 2018 awards can find further information at or by contacting Mike Hearn – email   or phone 09 309 9140.  Entries close at 5.00 pm on 31 May.

Finalists will be announced on 5 July and the winners announced at a black tie awards gala dinner at the Pullman Hotel Auckland on 16 August.  

 Previous winners of the Supreme Award have included ZESPRI International, Peace Software, Airways Corporation, HumanWare, Tenon, Zeacom, Specialist Marine Interiors, Fonterra and Christchurch Engine Centre, Buckley Systems, Vista Entertainment, Greenshell New Zealand, Orion Systems International, Fisher & Paykel Healthcare and Douglas Pharmaceuticals.

 In addition to AmCham, DHL Express and United Airlines, the awards are supported by: ANZ Bank, Baldwins, Fonterra Co-operative, and the Business Herald.

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