Exports up by 25.7 percent in April

In April 2021, the total volume of goods exports was up by 25.7 percent year-on-year, as reported by Statistics Netherlands (CBS). This is the highest growth since the start of this statistic in 1995. The increase was mainly seen in exports of transport equipment and machinery. Compared to April 2019, exports were 9.7 percent higher. The volume of imports in April was up by 21.5 percent year-on-year and by 9.4 percent relative to April 2019.

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

Exports of goods (volume, adjusted for working days)
Year Month%-change (year-on-year %-change)
2017May4.6
2017June10.7
2017July7.1
2017August7.3
2017September7.9
2017October7
2017November7.1
2017December6.2
2018January4.8
2018February4.3
2018March3.1
2018April6.2
2018May5.3
2018June0.4
2018July2.7
2018August4
2018September3
2018October3.4
2018November0.4
2018December0.6
2019January2.2
2019February-0.3
2019March1.5
2019April1.7
2019May-0.1
2019June0.7
2019July-0.1
2019August3.4
2019September1.4
2019October6.3
2019November2.3
2019December4.5
2020January3.2
2020February1
2020March-4.7
2020April-12.7
2020May-11.6
2020June-2.9
2020July0
2020August-3.4
2020September0.8
2020October2.7
2020November1.3
2020December-0.8
2021January2.7
2021February2.7
2021March11.1
2021April25.7

Conditions for exports more favourable in June

Every month, CBS also publishes updates on the circumstances for exports in the Exports Radar. Conditions are largely determined by developments on the main export markets for Dutch domestic products and in 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 June are more favourable than in April. This is mainly because the year-on-year decline in German manufacturing output changed into substantial growth. The confidence indicators improved as well.

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.