Dutch exports to Britain decline 17% this year, making four falls in a row

Cut flowers at a wholesalers. Photo: DutchNews.nl
Cut flowers at a wholesalers. Photo: DutchNews.nl

Dutch exports to Britain are down 17% in the first 10 months of this year, national statistics agency CBS said on Thursday.

In total, the Netherlands exported goods worth €14.5bn to Britain so far in 2020, mainly meat, vegetables, fruit, flowers, plans, plastics and medicines, the CBS said.

Dutch exports in total declined 10% across the board as the coronavirus pandemic hit trade. The UK is the third biggest Dutch export market behind Germany and Belgium.

In the years before the Brexit referendum, Dutch exports to the UK accounted for 7.8% of the total export value but this has now gone down to 6.8%, the CBS said.

After rising in 2016, exports to Britain have now fallen for four years in a row.

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