Trade surplus for chemical industry: 14.1 billion euro
Manufacturers of synthetic products accounted for a large part of the trade surplus within the chemical industry. In the first eleven months of 2005, the value of synthetic products exported from theNetherlands exceeded imports by 6 billion euro. Exports of organic chemical products were also considerably higher than imports (nearly 4 billion euro).
Trade surplus for food industry: 12.7 billion euro
Meat, dairy products, vegetables and fruit contributed most to the surplus in thee food sector. In the first eleven months of 2005 the trade surplus for these food products was 8.4 billion euro.
Germany accounts for largest surplus
The surplus on the balance of trade with Germany is the largest. In the first eleven months of 2005 it amounted to more than 17 billion euro. Three-quarters of this surplus was accounted for by trade in oil products, computers, natural gas and fruit.
Trade surplus with some important trade partners
Largest deficit in trade with China
Trade with China resulted in the largest deficit on the Dutch balance of trade: more than 15 billion euro in the first eleven months of 2005. This deficit was mainly caused by imports of large numbers of computers, telecommunication equipment, electrical machines, clothes and toys. It should be mentioned that most of these products leave the Netherlands again after hardly any or no further processing.