More trade with Turkey

The Netherlands exported 1.3 billion euro worth of goods to Turkey in the first six months of this year, 14 percent more than in the same period last year. One percent of total Dutch goods exports go to Turkey. Dutch exports to Turkey have been rising substantially for three years in a row now. In the first half of 2005, too, more goods were exported to Turkey than in the same period last year.

Goods exports, Turkey

Exports: computers

Computers and computer components play an important part in Dutch goods trade. Although not actually produced in the Netherlands, many computers are imported to the Netherlands mainly from Asia and distributed to the European hinterland. It is therefore not very surprising that computers and computer parts account for the largest share of exports to Turkey.

Share of clothing in imports from Germany, China and Turkey

Clothing dominates imports

Imports form Turkey have also increased continuously in recent years, and are now 2.5 times higher than ten years ago. In 2004 1.4 billion euro worth of goods were imported from Turkey, and in the first half of 2005, too, these imports increased by as much as 15 percent to 0.8 billion euro. Clothing accounts for the largest part of these imports, namely 44 percent. In total Dutch imports of clothing. Turkey takes third place, behind Germany and China. The effect of the lifting of the restriction on textile imports from China (1 January 2005) is reflected clearly in the figures.

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