Imports from China down by 9 percent in March 2020
|Jaar||Maand||Goods imports (y-o-y % change)|
China the largest goods supplier after GermanyAfter Germany, China is the Netherlands’ leading supplier of goods. In 2019, Dutch importers bought 49 billion euros worth of goods from China. Approximately two-thirds of these imports left the Netherlands again in the form of re-exports. The remainder were destined for the manufacturing industry as raw materials or semi-finished products as well as for domestic consumption. China’s industry was brought to a virtual standstill for several weeks as of end of January 2020, due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 crisis.
Fewer computers, more solar panels
Imports of a wide array of products from China slowed considerably over February and March. As for technological products, imports of computers, modems and routers declined in particular. Conversely, imports of solar panels and semiconductor components increased. Solar panel imports into the Netherlands even rose by nearly three-quarters over February and March. Among non-technological products, the main product category is clothing. Clothing imports from China fell by 37 percent in March. China is the main country of origin in Dutch imports of clothing.
|Product||Feb-Mar 2020 (million euros)||Feb-Mar 2019 (million euros)|
|High tech/low tech|
|Computers, laptops, tablets||858||932|
|Works of iron, steel, aluminium||137||158|
|Household articles, metal kitchen utensils||75||80|
|Toys (excl. gaming consoles)||69||106|
|Travel goods, handbags etc.||62||72|
|(Motor) vehicles, mobility cars||55||58|
Total import value also dropped sharply in March
Imports from China and Hong Kong were not the only imports that declined in March 2020. Total goods imports amounted to 36.5 billion euros, representing a year-on-year decline by over 8 percent. This was mainly caused by the sharply lower price of crude oil, with mineral fuel importers paying considerably less than one year previously. In addition, the declining imports correlated with rising economic uncertainty over the coronavirus outbreak’s global impact. For example, both consumer and producer confidence fell in March.
|Year||Month||Other goods (bn euros)||Mineral fuels (bn euros)|
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