Export and import

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  • The Netherlands earns almost 30% of its income from the export of goods and services. In 2012, the value of exports was 86.7% of the Netherlands' GDP.

  • Holland’s exports totalled 404.6 billion euros in 2011, up 8.9 % from 2010. Holland’s export trade was the second-highest in Europe after Germany. Our prominence in European exports can mainly be attributed to transit exports to other European countries. In this sense, we really are the gateway to Europe for many products from other regions. Half of our exports consist of transit exports.

  • As the fifth largest exporter of goods in the world, the Netherlands occupies a prominent position when it comes to world trade. In 2011, the Netherlands exported goods worth a total of more than 638 billion US dollars, which is 3.8 % of the world's total exports.

  • The Netherlands is also a significant exporter of commercial services - exports of commercial services amounted to 131 billion US dollars (Statistics Netherlands 2012) in 2011, which placed the country ninth in the world rankings.

  • The Netherlands is the second-largest exporter of agricultural products worldwide, after the United States.

  • In 2012, Holland's most important export partners were: Germany (24.1%); Belgium (12.1%); France (8.9%); UK (8.0%); Italy (4.8%) and US(4.1%).

  • In 2012, Holland's most significant import partners were: Germany (16.7%); Belgium (10.0%); China (8.4%); UK ( 6.7%); US (6.6%) and France (4.6%).

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