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Foreign Trade

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Foreign trade

Compiling foreign trade statistics, which are ordained by the legislators, is based on the principle of compulsory response. The Federal Statistical Office uses the declarations submitted on imports and exports of goods to and from other countries to compile monthly foreign trade statistics.

The subject of foreign trade statistics is Germany's cross-border trade in goods with other countries, meaning that any goods that are physically imported or exported and also electricity are covered and presented. This also applies to the trading of goods that are imported or exported free of charge or for foreign account.

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Key figures

Foreign trade 2014
Exports€ 1,134 bn
Imports€ 917 bn
Export surplus€ 217 bn
Export propensity40.0%
Import penetration rate35.3%


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Collecting foreign trade data

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For information on online data collection please refer to the Data Collection Portal and the online help pages for extra-Community trade and intra-Community trade.

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