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Foreign Trade

Theme in brief

Foreign trade

The subject of foreign trade statistics is Germany’s cross-border trade in goods with other countries. Any goods that are physically imported or exported are covered in statistical terms. As a rule, services are not covered by foreign trade statistics (exception: processing trade).

Additional Information

Key figures

Foreign trade 2013
ExportsEuro 1,094 bn
ImportsEuro 896 bn
Export surplusEuro 198 bn
Export propensity40.0%
Import penetration rate35.3%
Terms of Trade (2010 = 100)97.9

Press releases

Imports of hard coal up 15.2% in 2013

German exports in February 2014: +4.6% on February 2013

10% of exporting enterprises export goods to Russia

Collecting foreign trade data

Compiling foreign trade statistics, which are ordained by the legislators, is based on the principle of compulsory response. Read more about the collecting foreign trade data

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