Less industrial waste exported to China
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The decrease breaks the long-term trend of increasing exports of Dutch-manufactured goods to China. In 2017, these amounted to slightly under 9 billion euros. China’s share in Dutch goods exports had increased from 0.9 to 3.4 percent between 2002 and 2017; the share declined by 0.8 percentage points to 2.6 percent in the first eight months of 2018. The weaker exports to China coincide with a rising trend in total exports of Dutch-manufactured goods, which increased by 4 percent.
|Jaar||Share of China in exports of Dutch-manufactured goods (%)|
|* 2018: January to August inclusive|
60 percent less waste
The reduced exports to China are partly due to the decline in industrial waste exports. Between January and August 2017, Dutch exports of industrial waste still amounted to 830 million euros. This was down to 340 million euros twelve months later, representing a decline by 490 million euros or 60 percent). In 2018, exports to China of mineral waste, metal waste, paper waste and plastics make up 7 percent of total industrial exports to the country.
|Minerals (million euros)||Paper (million euros)||Metal (million euros)||Plastics (million euros)|
|January to August 2017 inclusive||478||157||180||15|
|January to August 2018 inclusive||147||77||118||0|
Baby milk powder at number 1
The most important export product going to China in 2018 is baby milk powder. Up to and including August 2018, the value of baby milk powder exports to China nearly reached 700 million euros, representing an increase by 16 percent year-on-year. In addition to baby milk powder, Dutch exports included 440 million euros worth of other food products such as meat and dairy.
|January to August 2018 inclusive (million euros)||January to August 2017 inclusive (million euros)|
|Baby milk powder||695||600|
|Plastics in primary forms||315||361|
|Measuring and precision instruments||224||172|
|Oils and fats||121||121|
- Fact sheet - International trade, January - August 2018