Strong growth in Dutch exports

The total volume of goods exports grew by 5.6 percent in January 2016 compared to the same month last year. This was a more substantial increase than one month earlier (1.5 percent). In January, exports of transport equipment grew most noticeably. The CBS Exports Radar indicates that March has a less favourable outlook than January. As for imports, the total volume was 9.4 percent up in January from one year previously, with particular increases in petroleum and natural gas imports.

Export of goods (volume, adjusted for working days)
Export of goods (volume, adjusted for working days)
 % change
2012 F1.3
2012 M2.4
2012 A3.4
2012 M6.4
2012 J3.8
2012 J2.4
2012 A3.2
2012 S3.8
2012 O7.5
2012 N5.4
2012 D3.1
2013 J4.4
2013 F2.7
2013 M3.3
2013 A0.2
2013 M3
2013 J3.5
2013 J2.3
2013 A2.8
2013 S-0.2
2013 O-0.6
2013 N1.8
2013 D0.2
2014 J0.8
2014 F3.5
2014 M1.8
2014 A3.8
2014 M-1
2014 J4.1
2014 J3.6
2014 A0.8
2014 S6.3
2014 O3.3
2014 N3
2014 D5.8
2015 J6.1
2015 F3.7
2015 M2.5
2015 A3.9
2015 M4.3
2015 J3
2015 J2.8
2015 A4
2015 S0.7
2015 O3.7
2015 N2.2
2015 D1.5
2016 J5.6

More transport equipment exported

In January 2016, Dutch manufacturers mainly exported more transport equipment such as ships and cars. They also exported more petroleum and chemical products as well as electrotechnical equipment. Last week, CBS reported a sustained year-on-year growth in the Dutch manufacturing industry.

Circumstances for Dutch exports less favourable in March

As shown by the CBS Exports Radar, circumstances for Dutch exports are on balance less favourable in February and March. They are mainly determined by developments on major Dutch export markets and by the Netherlands’ competitive position. The radar for March shows that the year-on-year exchange rate development is less favourable than in January. On the other hand, the year-on-year development of Germany’s manufacturing output is more favourable.

The numbers in this publication are provisional and can be adjusted.