Most substantial growth exports in 6 years

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Statistics Netherlands (CBS) reports that the volume of goods exported in February 2017 was almost 8 percent up from February 2016, the largest increase since March 2011. In February 2017, exports of machinery and appliances, chemical products and transport equipment in particular showed significant growth. Exports of Dutch products and re-exports were higher than one year previously. The volume of imports was 4 percent up from February last year.

The CBS Exports Radar indicates that circumstances for exports are just as favourable as in March, but have improved considerably relative to February.

Export of goods (volume, adjusted for working days)
Export of goods (volume, adjusted for working days)
 % change
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 J2.3
2016 F1.5
2016 M3.4
2016 A4.1
2016 M5.3
2016 J2.9
2016 J3.1
2016 A3.4
2016 S5
2016 O4.4
2016 N5.3
2016 D6.3
2017 J4.8
2017 F7.9

Circumstances for Dutch exports much more favourable in April

According to the CBS Exports Radar, circumstances for Dutch exports are much more favourable in April than in February. These circumstances are strongly affected by recent developments on the major export markets for Dutch products and by the competitive position of the Netherlands.

In April’s Exports Radar, exchange rate developments and Germany’s manufacturing output are more favourable than in February. Compared to February, Dutch manufacturers are more positive about the amount of foreign orders they received and German producer confidence has also improved according to April’s Radar.

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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