Steady growth exports in January

Statistics Netherlands (CBS) reports that the volume of goods exported in January 2017 was 5.7 percent up from January 2016. Growth was somewhat below the level of the previous month. In January exports of machinery and appliances, (basic) metal and chemical products rose noticeably. Exports of Dutch products and re-exports were higher than one year previously. The volume of imports was 4.0 percent up in January on a year-on-year basis. Six to seven weeks after the end of the month under review, CBS always publishes the most recent export and import figures.

The CBS Exports Radar indicates that circumstances for exports are considerably more favourable in March than in January and February.

Export of goods (volume, adjusted for working days)
Export of goods (volume, adjusted for working days)
 % change
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 A4.2
2016 M5.2
2016 J2.9
2016 J3.2
2016 A3
2016 S4.9
2016 O5.1
2016 N5.6
2016 D6.1
17 J5.7

Circumstances for Dutch exports much more favourable in March

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

March’s Exports Radar shows that exchange rates have improved significantly compared to January. Opinions of Dutch and European manufacturers about their foreign orders and European producer confidence have also improved. The development of Germany’s manufacturing output, on the other hand, was less favourable than in January.

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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