Dutch exports shrank by 9 percent in first half year

Dutch exports have shrunk sharply due to the corona crisis. In the first half of this year, the Netherlands exported 23 billion euros less in goods to other countries. That is a decrease of 9 percent compared to the first half of 2019.

In the first three months of this year, exports were almost the same as last year, but in the following three months exports fell by 17 percent, according to Statistics Netherlands.

Of the important exporting countries, exports of Dutch manufactured goods to the United Kingdom fell the most, by 23 percent. Fewer oil and gas products were exported to the British. Exports to the most important trading partner, Germany, fell by 12 percent. Exports to China actually increased, by 18 percent.