A goods trade surplus shows a positive trade balance arising from the Dutch trade in goods. This means that the value of goods exported by the Netherlands exceeds the value of goods imported to the Netherlands.
For methodological reasons, the figures presented in this news release are based on figures from the National Accounts. Due to conceptual differences, the figures deviate from StatLine, which provides figures of the source statistic “international trade in goods” (ITG). In the National Accounts, the economic transfer of ownership is taken as a basis, whereas ITG applies border crossing as a measure.