Including re-exported goods, exports reached a total value of 4.5 bn euros. The Netherlands is a global trade hub for cocoa beans and semi-finished products and the world's biggest importer of cocoa beans. After Ivory Coast, the Netherlands is also the largest processor of cocoa beans worldwide.
The Netherlands is the second largest exporter of chocolate after Germany, and he number one exporter of semi-finished chocolate products.
Record cocoa bean importsImports of cocoa beans into the Netherlands reached a record high in 2015. More than 700 million kg of cocoa beans were imported, exceeding the previous record year (2011) by 2 percent. Some 85 percent of cocoa beans are imported from Ghana, Ivory Coast, Cameroon and Nigeria; 1.4 bn euros worth of cocoa beans were imported to be processed into semi-finished and final products.
Most beans imported into the Netherlands are processed into chocolate and semi-manufactured products like cocoa paste, cocoa butter and cocoa powder. Many of these products are exported to our neighbouring countries.