COVID-19 impact on supply chains

How is household consumption developing?

Consumers spent 13.5 percent less in January 2021 than in the same month last year. It was the second largest decline ever recorded; only in April 2020 was the decrease in consumption larger. The closing of all non-essential stores on 15 December 2020 also led to an exceptionally sharp drop in spending on durable goods, i.e. 25 percent. Read more

How is Dutch goods trade developing?

In January 2021, the total volume of goods exports was up by 3.6 percent year-on-year. This is the highest growth in a span of twelve months. The increase was mainly seen in exports of machinery and chemical products. The volume of imports in January was up by 1.6 percent year-on-year. Read more

How is manufacturing output developing?

In January 2021, the average daily output generated by the Dutch manufacturing industry was 0.6 percent up on January 2020. The increase is slightly higher than in December, when output was 0.2 percent higher than one year previously. Read more

How is turnover developing in wholesale?

In Q4 2020, the sector wholesale and commission trade generated 3.2 percent less turnover than in the same period one year previously. In Q3, this was nearly 3 percent. Within this sector, turnover realised by oil traders was over 42 percent lower. Wholesale trade in agricultural products realised the largest turnover growth (23 percent). Wholesale trade; turnover change

How is turnover developing in the automotive and motorcycle industry?

In Q4 2020, turnover in the automotive and motorcycle industry was virtually the same as one year previously. For the whole of 2020, turnover decreased by 6.9 percent compared to 2019. All subsectors experienced a turnover decline except for trade and repair of motor vehicles, where turnover increased by 2.8 percent in 2020 year-on-year.

How much do Dutch consumers spend in Dutch webshops?

In Q3 2020, Dutch consumers spent 38.1 percent more at Dutch webshops than in the same quarter last year. In Q2, this percentage stood at 55 percent, the highest growth rate on record. Read more

How much do Dutch consumers spend in EU webshops?

In Q2 2020, Dutch consumers spent a record 696 million euros in foreign EU webshops. This is 37 percent more than in the same quarter last year, when they spent 508 million euros. The figures on online purchases made by Dutch consumers in foreign webshops are based on an experimental method, using VAT returns. Read more

By how much did the volume of air cargo decline in June 2020?

In June 2020, the volume of air cargo declined by 7.5 percent relative to the same month last year. In the Netherlands, cargo transport only takes place from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and Maastricht Aachen Airport. The bulk of cargo is carried via Schiphol: 108.2 thousand tonnes of goods in June. Unlike Amsterdam, Maastricht handled more goods in April and May than in the same months last year. Read more

How much increase was seen in retail turnover of supermarkets in March year-on-year?

In the second and third week of March, Dutch supermarkets achieved higher turnover than in the same weeks last year. Supermarket turnover in the third week of March was down on the previous week, but still 25 percent higher than in the same week in 2019. The sharpest increase was seen in turnover of shelf-stable products, including canned goods, frozen vegetables, flour, rice and pasta, along with hand soap, toilet paper and pharmaceutical products.

How much increase was seen in turnover of DIY retailers in March year-on-year?

In the third week of March, shops selling DIY products realised over 50 percent more turnover than one year previously. Turnover was nearly 6 percent higher than in the week of Ascension Day last year, normally the week with the highest turnover.

How is trade with China developing?

In March 2020, goods imports from China and Hong Kong showed a year-on-year decline of 9 percent. The imports already fell by 10 percent over the previous month. Over the months of February and March this year, imports from China and Hong Kong dropped by altogether 700 million euros relative to February-March 2019. Read more

What are the Netherlands' top imports from China?

By far the largest import from China are high-tech products, with a total import value of 15.2 billion euros in 2019. This is followed by machinery and machinery components (9.9 billion euros).
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How much is imported into the Netherlands from Italy?

Dutch imports from Italy amount to 11.9 billion euros. This was 2.6 percent of total goods imports in 2019.
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What are the Netherlands' top imports from Italy?

The main imports from Italy are machinery and transport equipment. In 2019, these imports had a value of 3.4 billion euros. The single largest product was telecommunications equipment or components thereof with a value of 481 million euros.
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Which imported products are mostly from Italy?

Almost 17 percent of total olive oil imports into the Netherlands came from Italy. Italy also accounted for about 13 percent of all Dutch wine imports as well as whey imports (y-product during the production of cheese and cheese products).
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Which industries in the Netherlands are most severely affected by disruptions in the Italian supply chains?

The manufacturing industries in particular depend on Italian goods and services in the realisation of production; the highest shares in value added from Italy were found in the basic metals industry and the building materals industry. Roughly 10 percent of the production for end products within these industries is value added from Italy (2018).
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