Steady growth exports

Statistics Netherlands (CBS) reports that the total volume of goods exports grew by 4.6 percent in September 2016 relative to September 2015. Growth was above the level of August. In September, exports of transport vehicles, chemical products and machinery and equipment rose noticeably. Both exports of Dutch products and re-exports were higher than one year previously. The volume of imports in September was 2.3 percent up from September last year.

The CBS Exports Radar indicates that circumstances for exports are more favourable in November than in September, but just as favourable as in October.

Export of goods (volume, adjusted for working days)

Circumstances for Dutch exports more favourable in November than in September

According to the CBS Exports Radar, circumstances for Dutch exports are more favourable in November than in September. 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 November, the development of the Germany’s manufacturing output was more favourable than in September. European and German producer confidence also improved. On the other hand, 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.