Netherlands - Foreign trade

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The Dutch have traditionally been a powerful force in international trade. In recent years, the Netherlands has increased its trade in industrial products and decreased trade in food products and foodstuffs. Principal Dutch exports today are manufactured goods, machines, chemicals, petroleum products, natural gas, and foods. Chief imports are manufactured products, machines, crude petroleum, and chemicals. From 1981 through 2000, the Netherlands experienced trade surpluses each year.

The major export commodities of the Netherlands include machinery and equipment, fuels, chemicals, vegetables, and vegetable products. The top nine exports are as follows:


Automatic data processing
equipment 8.4
Refined petroleum products 6.9
Electronic microcircuits 3.9
Telecommunications equipment 3.0
Crude vegetable materials 2.5
Natural and manufactured gas 2.5
Meat 2.4
Polymers 2.2
Vegetables 1.8

In 2000 the Netherlands's imports were distributed among the following categories:


Consumer goods 15.3%
Food 8.4%
Fuels 11.0%
Industrial supplies 23.4%
Machinery 31.5%
Transportation 10.2%
Other 0.2%

Principal trading partners in 2000 (in millions of US dollars) were as follows:


Germany 43,166 26,506 16,660
Belgium 18,335 14,009 4,326
United Kingdom 18,079 15,914 2,165
France 17,807 9,151 8,656
Italy 10,258 3,965 6,293
United States 8,677 18,815 -10,138
Spain 5,432 3,572 1,860
Sweden 3,676 3,968 -292
Switzerland 3,110 2,201 909
Japan 1,839 7,906 -6,067

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Oct 15, 2012 @ 8:08 am
iM DOING A RESEARCH PROJECT ON INDIANA AGRICULTURAL EXPORTS. What does indiana export to the Netherlands?
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Nov 27, 2012 @ 8:20 pm
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