International trade in services IDEP

Statistics Netherlands publishes quarterly figures on international trade in services. These figures are of great importance for determining the gross domestic product (GDP).
Internationally traded services accounts for ten per cent of the GDP.
The results of the survey are used to support government strategies that aim to enhance trade policy and provide insight into the competitive position of the Netherlands in relation to other countries.

Next to international trade in services, in this survey we also ask that, if applicable, two specific forms of trade in goods be specified, namely merchanting trade (transit trade) and trade via Dutch custom warehouses. Please refer to our manual and Frequently asked questions for more information.

Changes as of the 1st quarter of 2020

As of the 1st quarter of 2020, there will be a number of substantial changes implemented in the survey International Trade in Services and International Trade in Services by Countries.These two surveys are merged and will continue under the name International Trade in Services.

If you have been a survey participant in 2019, you have already received a letter from the CBS with all the changes. If you no longer have this letter, please read:
changes to research on International Trade in Services by Countries
changes to research on International Trade in Services
changes in research on International Trade in Services by Country SRL

Data submission

As of the 1st quarter of 2020 you will submit your data via the online IDEP application.Go to and use the login credentials you received in the CBS letters to explore the new questionnaire.Once you successfully logged in you, will be prompted to change the temporary password to a password of your choice. You will continue to use this password for all subsequent submissions. Save this password carefully! In case you have forgotten your password, you must request a new password.

The IDEP application allows you to submit you data manually or by importing it from a file. More information you can find in our instruction videos. Explanation of the services can be found in the manual on International Trade in Services. You can also choose whether you want to respond on the Dutch or English questionnaire.





You can find the results of the research on the theme page on International trade and in the dossier on Globalisation. There is also a StatLine table available.


For questions please contact the CBS Contact Center