Dutch Trade Surplus Decreases in September

In September, Netherlands' trade surplus narrowed to € 3.26 billion, down from € 3.58 billion in September of 2012. Exports were marginally lower, while imports reported an annual increase.

In September 2013, the volume of exports of goods was 0.6 percent down from September 2012. In the preceding three months, exports grew around 2 percent. The volume of imports rose by 1.6 percent in September. In August, this volume shrank by 2.1 percent.

The value of exported goods amounted to € 35.1 billion, equaling the level in September 2012.  The value of imported goods increased by 1.4 percent to 31.9 billion euros. The trade surplus amounted to € 3.3 billion, a decrease of € 0.4 billion compared to September 2012.

Just as in the preceding six months, import and export prices were below the level of one year previously: 2.9 and 2.0 percent lower respectively. As a result, the terms of trade improved from September 2012.

Dutch Trade Surplus Decreases in September

CBS | Krisztina Györffy | krisztina@tradingeconomics.com
11/13/2013 9:31:42 AM