Friday 29 May 2020

Dutch exports to Britain fall for the second year in a row

Dutch fruit and veg are important export products. Photo:

Exports of Dutch goods from the Netherlands to Britain fell 1% last year to just over €20bn, but rose 4% to the EU as a whole, according to new figures from the national statistics agency CBS.

It is the second year in a row that Dutch exports to Britain have fallen. In 2016 they actually rose 7%.

Britain accounts for an increasingly small share of Dutch exports, having gone down from 10% of the total at the turn of the century to 7.3% now. Nevertheless, the UK still remains third on the Dutch export list, behind Germany and Belgium.

Oil and gas products account for the biggest share of Dutch exports to Britain, followed by fruit and vegetables, meat, flowers and plants, and medicine.

Thank you for donating to

The team would like to thank all the generous readers who have made a donation in recent weeks. Your financial support has helped us to expand our coverage of the coronavirus crisis into the evenings and weekends and make sure you are kept up to date with the latest developments. has been free for 14 years, but without the financial backing of our readers, we would not be able to provide you with fair and accurate news and features about all things Dutch. Your contributions make this possible.

If you have not yet made a donation, but would like to, you can do so via Ideal, credit card or Paypal.