Statistics Netherlands announced today that the volume of exports of goods was 6.9 percent up in December 2014 from December 2013. In November, exports were 3.9 percent higher. Exports of transport vehicles, metal, machinery and equipment grew most notably in December. Re-exports and exports of Dutch products were also higher than one year previously. The volume of imports was 1.9 percent up in December from twelve months previously. In November, imports rose by 6.1 percent.
More transport vehicles, metal, machinery and equipment exported
Exports of transport vehicles (e.g. cars), metal and metal products, chemical products, machinery and equipment grew considerably. Dutch manufacturers also exported more food products.
Circumstances for Dutch exports improved in February 2015
According to Statistics Netherlands’ Exports Radar, circumstances for Dutch exports improved in February 2015 compared to January. The real effective exchange rates on an annual basis were far more favourable than in the previous month. German manufacturers also generated more output than in the preceding month. Dutch manufacturers, on the other hand, were more negative about foreign orders. By means of six indicators, the Exports Radar shows whether circumstances for Dutch exports have become more or less favourable.
StatLIne, Imports and exports (volumes)
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