Sustained increase exporters

05/09/2013 15:00

In 2012, the number of export companies grew by 10 thousand to 126 thousand. It has grown for the third consecutive year. Growth was most substantial in the services sector.

Number of exporters grows by ten thousand

Last year, 126 thousand companies were engaged in exports of goods, i.e. 10 percent of the entire Dutch private sector. The number of exporters has grown by 10 thousand relative to one year previously. In the preceding years, the number of export companies has also grown by a rate of approximately 10 thousand a year. The growth is caused by the expanding private sector in the Netherlands, but also because Dutch exporters are resourceful entrepreneurs.

Number of export companies

Number of export companies

More goods exported by services sector

The largest increase in the number of companies engaged in goods exports was found in commercial and personal services. The services sector is also an important exporter of goods. IT companies, for example, mainly supplying IT services may also sell computer components or software. Research companies too sometimes manufacture and sell in-house developed products, like medical equipment, but the average export value per company in the services sector is lower than in manufacturing industry, e.g. the chemical or motor industry.

Number of exporters by sector

Number of exporters by sector

Growth based on small enterprises

In 2012, there was a notable increase in the number of small export enterprises. More than 100 thousand export firms employed fewer than 10 people and only 7 thousand export companies employed 50 or more people. This means that not only large multinational companies are engaged in exports of goods and services. On the contrary, most export firms tend to be small. This is not surprising because there are much more small enterprises in the Netherlands than large companies.

Export firms by number of employees

Export firms by number of employees

Number of exporters relatively high in the Netherlands

Dutch firms are more focused on exports than firms in other European countries. In 2010, 10 percent of Dutch companies were engaged in exports of goods and services versus a European average of between 6 and 7 percent.

Oscar Lemmers