Exports growth 6.2 percent in May

Statistics Netherlands (CBS) reports that the total volume of goods exports grew by 6.2 percent in May 2016 compared to May 2015. Growth was about the same as in April. Exports of transport vehicles again rose noticeably. The total volume of imports in May was 5.6 percent up from May last year.

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

Export of goods (volume, adjusted for working days)
Export of goods (volume, adjusted for working days)
 % change
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 J1.2
2014 F4
2014 M2.2
2014 A4.1
2014 M-0.8
2014 J4.4
2014 J3.5
2014 A0.7
2014 S6.2
2014 O2.9
2014 N2.6
2014 D5.5
2015 J6.6
2015 F4.1
2015 M2.9
2015 A4
2015 M4.4
2015 J3.1
2015 J3.1
2015 A4.4
2015 S1.3
2015 O3.6
2015 N2.2
2015 D1.7
2016 J3.3
2016 F1.4
2016 M3.2
2016 A6.4
2016 M6.2

More transport vehicles exported

In May 2016, Dutch manufacturers exported more transport vehicles, like cars and trucks. They also exported more chemical, metal, rubber and plastic products and machinery.

Exports of Dutch products and re-exports (exports of previously imported goods) increased relative to twelve months ago.

Circumstances for Dutch exports somewhat more favourable

According to the CBS Exports Radar, circumstances for Dutch exports are more favourable in July than in May. Conditions are largely determined by recent developments on the markets most important for Dutch exports and by the current competitive position of the Netherlands. In June’s Export Radar, exchange rate developments were less unfavourable than in May’s Radar, but manufacturers in the Netherlands were more negative about their foreign order books.

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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