Robust growth exports

Statistics Netherlands (CBS) reports that the total volume of goods exports grew by 6.7 percent in April 2016 compared to April 2015. The increase was significantly higher than in March. Exports of transport vehicles again rose noticeably. The total volume of imports in April was 5.2 percent up from April last year.

The CBS Exports Radar indicates that circumstances for export are more favourable in June than in April and May.

Export of goods (volume, adjusted for working days)
Export of goods (volume, adjusted for working days)
 % change
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 J6.8
2015 F4.3
2015 M3.1
2015 A4
2015 M4.4
2015 J3.1
2015 J2.7
2015 A4
2015 S0.8
2015 O3.5
2015 N2.1
2015 D1.6
2016 J3.8
2016 F1.5
2016 M3
2016 A6.7

More transport vehicles exported

In April 2016, Dutch manufacturers exported more transport vehicles (like cars and trucks) and an oil rig in the North Sea. They also exported more (basic) metal products.

Exports of Dutch products and re-exports (exports of previously imported goods) were higher than twelve months ago.

Today, CBS also reports data on manufacturing output in April, showing that the production of transport vehicles was again higher than one year previously.

Circumstances for Dutch exports more favourable

According to the CBS Exports Radar, circumstances for Dutch exports are more favourable in June than in April and May. Conditions are largely determined by developments on the markets which are most important for Dutch exports and by the current competitive position of the Netherlands. June’s Export Radar shows that German producer confidence is less negative than in April and May.

Goods exports account for approximately three-quarters of total exports. CBS does not publish monthly data on exports of services. Data on total exports are published on a quarterly and annual basis. The data in this publication are provisional and can be subject to adjustments.

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