In 2012, the value of imports from the constituent republics of the former Soviet Union amounted to nearly 5 billion euros. The value of exports exceeded 4 billion euros. Imports to and exports from the former Soviet republics made up one percent of Dutch international trade. The value of imports from and exports to Russia totalled 20 billion euros and 7 billion euros respectively.
Imports considerably down in 2013
Over the first ten months of 2013, the value of imports of goods from the former Soviet republics was nearly 4 billion euros and the value of exports exceeded 3.5 billion euros. Imports decreased by 30 percent relative to the same period in 2012 and exports increased by 9 percent relative to the same period in 2012. Imports decreased as imports of petroleum derivatives from Lithuania plummeted by a dramatic 90 percent. Oil exports from Kazakhstan to the Netherlands were also below the level of the same period in 2012.
Baltic states account for nearly half of imports
The Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania are members of the European Union. They accounted for nearly half of imports (2.3 billion euros) from the former Soviet republics in 2012. Two-thirds concerned petroleum derivatives. Imports of goods from Kazakhstan - mostly crude oil - accounted for 1.5 billion euros. Ukraine exported goods worth 0.6 billion euros to the Netherlands: mainly food products (maize and wheat), oil-bearing seeds and fruits (rapeseed and sunflower seed oil). Exports from the other 9 countries to the Netherlands had a value of 0.3 billion euros.
Value of imports from the former Soviet republics (excluding Russian Federation)
Exports exceed 4 billion euros
The value of Dutch exports of goods to the Baltic States was 1.8 billion euros in 2012, i.e. 40 percent of total exports to the former Soviet republics. These exports include machinery, in particular tractor units, used cars and lorries, office machinery and electric appliances. The value of goods exported to Ukraine - mainly chemical products and machinery - was 1.3 billion euros. The value of goods exports to the other ten countries was also 1.3 billion euros. Within this group, Kazakhstan (0.5 billion euros) and Belarus (0.3 billion euros) are the most important countries and the most commonly exported products are machinery and chemical products.
Value of exports to the former Soviet republics (excluding Russian Federation)