The volume of goods exports from the Netherlands was 2.9% higher in April compared to the previous year.
However growth was lower than in March, when exports rose by 6% year-on-year. Imports were marginally lower in April, while the April export figure reveals machinery and chemicals were the strongest gainers. The export of gas was again considerably lower than last year.
The National Statistics Office is forecasting higher export growth in June. Conditions are determined by developments in Dutch export markets as well as the country’s competitive position.
The biggest export market is Germany, where both consumer confidence and industrial production is higher than it was in April.
Goods exports make up roughly 75% of total exports.