Decline in exports slows down

The volume of goods exports was almost 6 percent smaller in October 2009 than one year ago. In September, the decline was nearly 8 percent. The volume of goods imports shrank by more than 11 percent in October. Volume figures have been corrected for the number of working days.

According to the Exports Radar for December 2009, conditions for Dutch exports have marginally improved. Since May, the situation has gradually changed for the better after a sustained period of deterioration.

In October, the value of exported goods totalled 27.9 billion euro, more than 16 percent down on one year ago. The value of imports plummeted by more than 18 percent to 24.1 billion euro, resulting in a trade surplus of 3.8 billion euro, just about the same as in October 2008.

The value of imports and exports of mineral fuels dropped considerably, the value of imports and exports of exports of food and drinks fell less dramatically. Exports to EU countries decreased by far more than exports to non-EU countries.

Partly as a result of plummeting prices for natural gas and petroleum derivatives, import prices dropped by more than 5 percent and export prices by nearly 9 percent in October compared with one year previously. Terms of trade of foreign goods trade slumped relative to October 2008.

Goods exports (volume)

Goods exports (volume)

More figures can be found on the theme page International trade.