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Press release 159 / 2013-05-10: German exports in March 2013: –4.2% on March 2012

WIESBADEN – Germany exported goods to the value of 94.6 billion euros and imported goods to the value of 75.8 billion euros in March 2013. Based on provisional data, the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) also reports that German exports decreased by 4.2% and imports by 6.9% in March 2013 on March 2012. Upon calendar and seasonal adjustment, exports increased by 0.5% and imports by 0.8% compared with February 2013. 

The foreign trade balance showed a surplus of 18.8 billion euros in March 2013. In March 2012, the surplus had amounted to 17.4 billion euros. In calendar and seasonally adjusted terms, the foreign trade balance recorded a surplus of 17.6 billion euros in March 2013. 

According to provisional results of the Deutsche Bundesbank, the current account of the balance of payments showed a surplus of 20.2 billion euros in March 2013, which included the balance of services (+0.8 billion euros), factor income net (+6.7 billion euros), current transfers (–3.1 billion euros), and supplementary trade items (–3.0 billion euros). In March 2012, the German current account showed a surplus of 21.2 billion euros. 

In March 2013, Germany dispatched goods to the value of 53.8 billion euros to the Member States of the European Union (EU), while it received goods to the value of 50.4 billion euros from those countries. Compared with March 2012, dispatches to the EU countries decreased by 5.4% and arrivals from those countries by 3.7%. Goods to the value of 35.3 billion euros (–7.0%) were dispatched to the Euro area countries in March 2013, while the value of the goods received from those countries was 35.5 billion euros (–4.6%). In March 2013, goods to the value of 18.5 billion euros (–2.2%) were dispatched to EU countries not belonging to the Euro area, while the value of the goods which arrived from those countries was 15.0 billion euros (–1.5%). 

Exports of goods to countries outside the European Union (third countries) amounted to 40.8 billion euros in March 2013, while imports from those countries totalled 25.3 billion euros. Compared with March 2012, exports to third countries decreased by 2.6% and imports from those countries by 12.8%.

 

Flows of goods and services in billion euros 
ItemMarchJanuary to
March
FebruaryMarchJanuary to
March
20132012
Discrepancies in the totals may occur due to rounding.
1   Exports (f.o.b.)94.6271.888.698.8276.0
2   Imports (c.i.f.)75.8222.571.881.4230.5
Balance of 
3   Foreign trade (1-2)18.849.316.817.445.4
4   Services0.8–0.40.31.30.9
5   Factor income (net)6.718.66.46.518.0
6   Current transfers–3.1–15.8–6.9–3.5–15.0
7   Supplementary trade items–3.0–6.8–1.7–0.5–3.6
8   Current account (3+4+5+6+7)20.244.918.021.245.7

 

Groups of countries 
ItemMarch
2013
January to
March
2013
Percentage change from
March
2012
January to
March
2012
billion eurosin %
Discrepancies in the totals may occur due to rounding.
Total exports94.6271.8–4.2–1.5
including: 
EU Member States53.8157.2–5.4–2.5
Euro area35.3103.3–7.0–3.9
Non-euro area18.553.9–2.20.3
Third countries40.8114.5–2.6–0.2
Total imports75.8222.5–6.9–3.5
including: 
EU Member States50.4143.7–3.7–1.4
Euro area35.599.9–4.6–2.6
Non-euro area15.043.8–1.51.5
Third countries25.378.8–12.8–7.0

 

Foreign trade (special trade)
Exports and imports
Original values/calendar and seasonally adjusted values 
YearMonthExportsImports
original valuecalendar and seasonally adjusted
value 1
original valuecalendar and seasonally adjusted value 1
value
in
billion
euros
change on the same month of the previous year
in %
value
in
billion
Euro
change on previous month
in %
value
in
billion
Euro
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.
2012January86.08.490.12.872.84.974.40.2
February91.27.991.21.276.35.476.62.9
March98.80.191.0–0.281.42.077.10.6
April87.13.190.1–1.072.7–1.374.0–4.0
May92.70.493.03.377.2–0.577.75.0
June94.77.592.5–0.576.82.176.1–2.0
July93.59.292.5–0.076.62.176.30.2
August90.25.794.11.873.90.576.30.0
September91.7–3.492.2–2.074.8–3.675.7–0.8
October98.410.592.30.182.76.077.72.8
November94.0–0.190.3–2.277.1–1.174.8–3.8
December79.0–6.990.60.466.9–7.573.7–1.5
2013January88.53.092.01.674.92.976.23.3
February88.6–2.890.9–1.271.8–5.973.2–3.9
March94.6–4.291.40.575.8–6.973.80.8

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