Exports up by almost 2 percent in September

As reported by Statistics Netherlands (CBS), the total volume of goods exports grew by 1.8 percent in September year-on-year. Growth was lower than in the previous month. In September 2019, exports of petroleum products and machinery increased in particular. On the other hand, exports of electrotechnical equipment was down again. The volume of imports was 4.9 percent higher than in September 2018.

Overall growth in both imports and exports is affected negatively by a large company which relocated part of its business activities to another country as of October 2018.

The CBS Exports Radar indicates that circumstances for exports in November are less favourable than in September.

Exports of goods (volume, adjusted for working days) (year-on-year %-change)
Year Month%-change
2015October5.6
November4.4
December4
2016January4.2
February3.5
March3.6
April5.4
May6.3
June2.3
July2.9
August3
September5.8
October3.3
November6.4
December5.3
2017January1.7
February6.7
March8.3
April0.7
May4.6
June10.8
July7
August7.2
September7.8
October6.9
November7
December6.1
2018January4.7
February4.6
March3.2
April6.8
May4.6
June0.3
July2.8
August2.7
September3.2
October3.2
November1
December0.5
2019January0.9
February1
March1.7
April0.7
May0.6
June1.3
July0
August2.3
September1.8

Conditions for exports in November less favourable than in September

Every month, CBS also publishes updates on the circumstances for exports in the Exports Radar. Conditions are strongly affected by recent developments on the main export markets for Dutch products and by the competitive position of the Netherlands. Although the Radar indicators show a strong correlation with export activity, improved circumstances are not necessarily translated into increased export growth.

According to the CBS Exports Radar, circumstances for exports in November are less favourable than in September. Producer confidence in the eurozone and Germany was more negative. In addition, opinions of manufacturers in the Netherlands and the eurozone about their foreign orders were more negative. 

Goods exports account for approximately three-quarters of total exports. As for data on exports of services, these are not published monthly. Data on total exports are published quarterly and annually. Figures published in this news release are provisional and subject to revision.

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