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German exports in February 2017: +3.1% on February 2016

Germany exported goods to the value of 102.3 billion euros and imported goods to the value of 82.4 billion euros in February 2017. Based on provisional data, the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) also reports that German exports increased by 3.1% and imports by 3.7% in February 2017 year on year. Exports and imports showed diverging month-on-month trends on a calendar and seasonally adjusted basis. While exports rose by 0.8% on January 2017, imports were down 1.6%.

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German exports up 1.1% in 2016

Germany exported goods to the value of 1,206.9 billion euros and imported goods to the value of 954.8 billion euros in 2016. Based on provisional data, the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) also reports that German exports increased by 1,1% and imports by 0,6% in 2016 compared with 2015.

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Germany’s most important trading partners 2016

In 2016 the top country of destination for German exports was the United States followed by France and the United Kingdom. Germany exported goods worth 106.9 billion euro to the United States, 101.4 billion euro to France and 86.1 billion euro to the United Kingdom.

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Trading goods

The main German export product: motor vehicles

Accounting for 18.9% motor vehicles and parts thereof of exports, was Germany's main export product in 2016. Machinery (14.1%) and chemical products (8.9%) ranked second and third, respectively, among the most important export items.

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Key figures

Foreign trade 2016
Exports€ 1,207 bn
Imports€ 955 bn
Export surplus€ 252 bn
Export propensity38.5%
Import penetration rate33.1%

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