Monday 13 July 2020

The Netherlands is the second-largest agricultural exporter after US

Onions are major Dutch export. Photo: DutchNews.nl

The Dutch agricultural sector booked yet another export record in 2017, the national statistics office CBS said on Friday. Exports totalled €92bn last year, making the Netherlands the second-largest agricultural exporter in the world after the US.

US agricultural exports were put at $1.8bn in 2016.

Not all the exports were produced in the Netherlands, however. Some €25.5bn of the total was in the form of re-exports from other countries.

Flowers and flower bulbs once again topped the list of Dutch exports, followed by dairy products which overtook meat as the second-largest Dutch agricultural export last year.

Germany

Germany is the most important export market for Dutch farm products, accounting  for sales of €23.4bn in 2017, or roughly 25% of total exports.  At the same time, the Netherlands is Germany’s most important agricultural export market, the CBS said.

After Germany, the biggest markers are Belgium (€10.4bn), Britain (€8.6bn) and France (€8bn). While Dutch exports to Belgium and France increased, they actually fell to Britain probably because of a weaker pound sterling related to Brexit, the CBS said.

Exports of other agriculture-related products such as farm equipment, fertilisers and pesticides totalled €9.1bn, bringing the sector total to over €100bn for the first time.

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