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Press release 130 / 2013-04-09: German exports in February 2013: –2.8% on February 2012

WIESBADEN – Germany exported commodities to the value of 88.7 billion euros and imported commodities to the value of 71.9 billion euros in February 2013. Based on provisional data, the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) also reports that German exports decreased by 2.8% and imports by 5.9% in February 2013 on February 2012. Upon calendar and seasonal adjustment, exports decreased by 1.5% and imports by 3.8% compared with January 2013. 

The foreign trade balance showed a surplus of 16.8 billion euros in February 2013. In February 2012, the surplus had amounted to 14.9 billion euros. In calendar and seasonally adjusted terms, the foreign trade balance recorded a surplus of 17.1 billion euros in February 2013. 

According to provisional results of the Deutsche Bundesbank, the current account of the balance of payments showed a surplus of 16.0 billion euros in February 2013, which included the balance of services (+0.4 billion euros), factor income net (+7.3 billion euros), current transfers (–6.8 billion euros), and supplementary trade items (–1.7 billion euros). In February 2012, the German current account showed a surplus of 13.5 billion euros. 

In February 2013, Germany dispatched commodities to the value of 51.5 billion euros to the Member States of the European Union (EU), while it received commodities to the value of 46.4 billion euros from those countries. Compared with February 2012, dispatches to the EU countries decreased by 3.4% and arrivals from those countries by 4.5%. Commodities to the value of 33.8 billion euros (–4.1%) were dispatched to the Euro area countries in February 2013, while the value of the commodities received from those countries was 32.1 billion euros (–5.7%). In February 2013, commodities to the value of 17.7 billion euros (–1.9%) were dispatched to EU countries not belonging to the Euro area, while the value of the commodities which arrived from those countries was 14.3 billion euros (–1.5%). 

Exports of commodities to countries outside the European Union (third countries) amounted to 37.2 billion euros in February 2013, while imports from those countries totalled 25.5 billion euros. Compared with February 2012, exports to third countries decreased by 1.9% and imports from those countries by 8.3%.  

Flows of commodities and services in billion euros 
ItemFebruaryJanuary to
February
JanuaryFebruaryJanuary to
February
20132012
Discrepancies in the totals may occur due to rounding.
1   Exports (f.o.b.)88.7177.288.591.2177.2
2   Imports (c.i.f.)71.9146.874.976.3149.1
Balance of
3   Foreign trade (1-2)16.830.413.614.928.1
4   Services0.4–1.2–1.61.2–0.5
5   Factor income (net)7.312.85.56.511.5
6   Current transfers–6.8–12.6–5.8–7.3–11.5
7   Supplementary trade items–1.7–3.8–2.1–1.7–3.1
8   Current account (3+4+5+6+7)16.025.79.713.524.5
Groups of countries 
ItemFebruary
2013
January to
February
2013
Percentage change from
February
2012
January to
February
2012
billion eurosin %
Discrepancies in the totals may occur due to rounding.
Total exports88.7177.2–2.80.0
including: 
EU Member States51.5103.5–3.4–0.8
Euro area33.868.1–4.1–2.0
Non-euro area17.735.4–1.91.6
Third countries37.273.7–1.91.2
Total imports71.9146.8–5.9–1.6
including: 
EU Member States46.493.3–4.5–0.1
Euro area32.164.4–5.7–1.6
Non-euro area14.328.9–1.53.3
Third countries25.553.5–8.3–4.0
Foreign trade (special trade)
Exports and imports
Original values/calendar and seasonally adjusted values 
YearMonthExportsImports
original valuecalendar and seasonally adjusted value 1original valuecalendar and seasonally adjusted value 1
value
in billion
euros
change on the same month of the previous year
in %
value
in
billion
euros
change on previous month
in %
value
in billion
euros
change on the same month of the previous year
in %
value
in
billion
euros
change on previous month
in %
1 Using Census X-12-ARIMA.
2012January86.08.489.82.372.84.974.40.2
February91.27.990.71.076.35.476.62.9
March98.80.191.10.481.42.077.10.6
April87.13.190.0–1.272.7–1.374.0–4.0
May92.70.493.13.477.2–0.577.75.0
June94.77.592.6–0.576.82.176.1–2.0
July93.59.292.60.076.62.176.30.2
August90.25.794.21.873.90.576.30.0
September91.7–3.492.3–2.074.8–3.675.6–0.8
October98.410.592.40.182.76.077.72.8
November94.0–0.190.4–2.277.1–1.174.8–3.8
December79.0–6.990.60.266.9–7.573.7–1.5
2013January88.53.091.81.374.92.976.23.3
February88.7–2.890.4–1.571.9–5.973.3–3.8

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