Exports up by almost 4 percent in June

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In June 2022, the total volume of goods exports was up by 3.8 percent year on year, as reported by Statistics Netherlands (CBS). In the previous month, exports increased by almost 3 percent. The increase over June was mainly seen in exports of machinery and chemical products. The volume of goods imports was up by 2.9 percent year on year.

The CBS Exports Radar indicates that circumstances for exports in August are slightly more favourable than in June.

Exports of goods (volume, adjusted for working days)
Year Month%-change (year-on-year %-change)
May5.3
2018July2.7
2018August4
2018September3
2018October3.4
2018November0.4
2018December0.5
2019January1.7
2019February-0.8
2019March1
2019April1.1
2019May-0.7
2019June-0.2
2019July-1
2019August2.6
2019September0.5
2019October5
2019November1.2
2019December3.3
2020January3
2020February0.8
2020March-5.3
2020April-13.1
2020May-12.1
2020June-3.3
2020July-0.1
2020August-3.6
2020September0.5
2020October2.7
2020November1.3
2020December-0.6
2021January2.6
2021February2.8
2021March10.7
2021April23.7
2021May20.1
2021June12.9
2021July8.9
2021August8.3
2021September4.6
2021October-1
2021November7.6
2021December6.7
2022January1.2
2022February1.8
2022March-1.1
2022April0.3
2022May2.9
2022June3.8

Conditions for exports in August slightly more favourable

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 August are slightly more favourable than in June. The year-on-year change of the real effective exchange rate was more favourable and the year-on-year decline in German manufacturing turned into growth. However, producer confidence in Germany and the euro area deteriorated.

From January 2022 onwards, CBS applies new methodology in the monitoring and processing of data for the International trade statistic. As a result, the year-on-year development of imports and exports has a greater uncertainty margin than is customary.

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