Steady growth in exports

Statistics Netherlands (CBS) reports that the total volume of goods exports grew by 6.5 percent in March 2017 relative to March 2016. Growth was just above the level of February, when exports were nearly 5 percent up from one year previously.

In March, exports of transport equipment, metal products and chemical products rose noticeably. Exports of natural gas, on the other hand, were much lower than in March 2016.

Both re-exports and exports of Dutch products were higher than one year previously. The volume of imports was 7 percent up from March last year.

The CBS Exports Radar indicates that circumstances for exports are more favourable in May than in March.

Export of goods (volume, adjusted for working days)
Export of goods (volume, adjusted for working days)
 % change
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 J0.9
2017 F4.9
2017 M6.5

Circumstances for Dutch exports more favourable in May

According to the CBS Exports Radar, circumstances for Dutch exports are more favourable in May than in March. 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 May, German producer confidence improved considerably compared to March. The development of Germany’s manufacturing output was also more favourable. On the other hand, the development of the real effective exchange rates was less favourable.

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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