Volume of exports remains fairly stable


In December 2013, the volume of exports of goods was 0.2 percent up from twelve months previously. In November last year, the volume of exports increased by 1.9 percent. The volume of imports grew by 1.3 percent in December, after a marginal growth by 0,3 percent in November. Volume figures have been adjusted for the number of working days.

The value of exported goods totalled 34.5 billion euros, i.e. 2.0 percent more than one year previously. The value of imported goods rose by 2.2 percent to 31.4 billion euros, resulting in a trade surplus of 3.1 billion euros, the same as in December 2012. Value figures have not been adjusted for calendar effects. December 2013 had one working day more than December 2012.

The trade value of imports and exports of manufactured products, machinery and transport equipment was significantly higher. Exports to non-EU countries fell substantially relative one year previously.

Import and export prices in December were below the level of one year previously. Export prices fell by 0.9 percent and import prices by 1.8 percent. As a result, terms of trade improved compared to December 2012.

According to February’s Exports Radar, circumstances for Dutch exports improved marginally compared to the preceding month.

The figures published in this update have been adjusted relative to those published on 14 February 2014. The revision is based on more recent and detailed information.

Exports of goods (volume adjusted for working days)

Exports of goods (volume adjusted for working days)

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