Statistics Netherlands announced today that the volume of exports of goods was 6.6 percent larger in February 2015 than twelve months previously. The growth was somewhat lower than in January. Exports of transport equipment, natural gas, and oil products grew by most in February. Exports of Dutch products as well as re-exports were higher than in February last year. The volume of imports was 0.5 percent larger in February than twelve months previously. In January, imports rose by 1.3 percent.
More transport equipment, natural gas, and oil products exported
Exports of transport equipment, natural gas, and oil products grew considerably in February 2015. Exports of food, drinks and tobacco, machinery and equipment, and chemical products also increased slightly.
Circumstances for Dutch exports improved in April 2015
According to Statistics Netherlands’ Exports Radar, circumstances for Dutch exports improved in April 2015 from March. The real effective exchange rates on an annual basis were far more favourable than in the previous month. Producer confidence in the eurozone and Germany was less negative than in the previous month. By means of six indicators, the Exports Radar shows whether circumstances for Dutch exports have become more or less favourable.
For more information on economic indicators, see the Economic Monitor.