Dairy and cut flowers lead Dutch agricultural export list

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Dutch agricultural exports rose again in value last year to almost €128 billion, but around one third of that was down to re-exports of goods imported into the Netherlands from other countries, according to new figures from national statistics agency CBS and Wageningen University.

The 1.6% increase was down to higher prices rather than volumes, the CBS said. In total, the economy earned around €50 billion from agricultural exports, of which all but €4.7 billion was down to domestic production.

Top of the list of exports was dairy produce and eggs, followed by cut flowers and plants, and meat – all of which showed little change. But there was a sharp increase in the value of fruit and vegetable exports, with prepared fruit and veg up 14%.

Almost 25% of agricultural exports went to Germany, followed by Belgium and France. There was a slight (0.5%) increase in exports to Britain.

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