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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 2015
Exports€ 1,194 bn
Imports€ 949 bn
Export surplus€ 244 bn
Export propensity39.4%
Import penetration rate34.0%


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