Sustained growth exports

Statistics Netherlands (CBS) reports that the total volume of goods exports grew by 2.9 percent in April 2017 relative to April 2016. Growth was below the level of March, when exports were nearly 6 percent up from one year previously. The growth of the volume of imports also slowed down: from 7.5 percent in March to 0.6 percent in April.

In April 2017, exports of electrical machinery and chemical products rose significantly. Natural gas exports, on the other hand, were again considerably lower than one year previously.

The CBS Exports Radar indicates that circumstances for exports are slightly more favourable in June than in April.

Export of goods (volume, adjusted for working days)
 % change
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 J1
2017 F4.8
2017 M6.4
2017 A2.9

Circumstances for Dutch exports slightly more favourable in June

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

In June’s Exports Radar, European and German producer confidence improved compared to April. The development of Germany’s manufacturing output was also more 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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