Trade Minister Todd McClay will make New Zealand’s first official ministerial visit to Washington under the Trump administration later this week.
Mr McClay will meet with new US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross but not with US President Donald Trump.
He says he will be pressing to advance the trade relationship between New Zealand and the United States.
"Ambassador Lighthizer has only been in the job for a month so I'm pleased to get to Washington so quickly," Mr McClay says.
"America is a vitally important trading partner for us, worth more than $16 billion in two-way trade. It's our biggest market for beef and wine and our second biggest market for dairy."