Steady growth exports

Statistics Netherlands (CBS) reports that the total volume of goods exports grew by 3.7 percent in August 2016 relative to August 2015. Growth was somewhat below the level of July. In August, exports of machinery and equipment rose noticeably. Exports of Dutch products and re-exports were higher than one year previously. The volume of imports in August was 4.0 percent up from August last year.

The CBS Exports Radar indicates that circumstances for exports are more favourable in October than in August and September.

Export of goods (volume, adjusted for working days)
Export of goods (volume, adjusted for working days)
 % change
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 A4.4
2016 M5.2
2016 J2.6
2016 J4.4
2016 A3.7

Circumstances for Dutch exports more favourable in October than in August

According to the CBS Exports Radar, circumstances for Dutch exports are more favourable in October than in August. Conditions are largely determined by recent developments on the major export markets for Dutch products and by the competitive position of the Netherlands.

In the Exports Radar of October, exchange rate developments are more favourable than in August. Germany’s manufacturing industry is also performing better. However, Dutch manufacturers 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.