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Press release 189 / 2013-06-07: German exports in April 2013: +8.5% on April 2012

Foreign trade (special trade)Enlarge picture WIESBADEN – Germany exported goods to the value of 94.5 billion euros and imported goods to the value of 76.4 billion euros in April 2013. Based on provisional data, the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) also reports that German exports increased by 8.5% and imports by 5.2% in April 2013 on April 2012. Upon calendar and seasonal adjustment, exports increased by 1.9% and imports by 2.3% compared with March 2013. 

The foreign trade balance showed a surplus of 18.1 billion euros in April 2013. In April 2012, the surplus had amounted to 14.5 billion euros. In calendar and seasonally adjusted terms, the foreign trade balance recorded a surplus of 17.7 billion euros in April 2013. 

According to provisional results of the Deutsche Bundesbank, the current account of the balance of payments showed a surplus of 17.6 billion euros in April 2013, which included the balance of services (+1.6 billion euros), factor income net (+1.3 billion euros), current transfers (–2.5 billion euros), and supplementary trade items (–0.9 billion euros). In April 2012, the German current account showed a surplus of 11.9 billion euros. 

In April 2013, Germany dispatched goods to the value of 52.8 billion euros to the Member States of the European Union (EU), while it received goods to the value of 49.4 billion euros from those countries. Compared with April 2012, dispatches to the EU countries increased by 4.7% and arrivals from those countries by 6.8%. Goods to the value of 34.5 billion euros (+4.3%) were dispatched to the Euro area countries in April 2013, while the value of the goods received from those countries was 34.5 billion euros (+5.4%). In April 2013, goods to the value of 18.4 billion euros (+5.6%) were dispatched to EU countries not belonging to the Euro area, while the value of the goods which arrived from those countries was 14.9 billion euros (+10.1%).

Exports of goods to countries outside the European Union (third countries) amounted to 41.7 billion euros in April 2013, while imports from those countries totalled 27.1 billion euros. Compared with April 2012, exports to third countries increased by 13.6% and imports from those countries by 2.4%. 

Flows of goods and services in billion euros 
ItemAprilJanuary to
April
MarchAprilJanuary to
April
20132012
Discrepancies in the totals may occur due to rounding.
1   Exports (f.o.b.)94.5366.394.687.1363.1
2   Imports (c.i.f.)76.4298.975.772.7303.2
Balance of 
3   Foreign trade (1-2)18.167.418.814.559.9
4   Services1.61.31.01.62.5
5   Factor income (net)1.319.96.71.719.8
6   Current transfers–2.5–18.3–3.2–2.7–17.7
7   Supplementary trade items–0.9–7.6–3.0–3.2–6.8
8   Current account (3+4+5+6+7)17.662.720.411.957.7

 

Groups of countries 
ItemApril
2013
January to
April
2013
Percentage change from
April
2012
January to
April
2012
billion eurosin %
Discrepancies in the totals may occur due to rounding.
Total exports94.5366.38.50.9
including: 
EU Member States52.8210.14.7–0.8
Euro area34.5137.74.3–2.0
Non-euro area18.472.35.61.7
Third countries41.7156.213.63.1
Total imports76.4298.95.2–1.4
including: 
EU Member States49.4193.06.80.5
Euro area34.5134.45.4–0.7
Non-euro area14.958.610.13.5
Third countries27.1105.92.4–4.8

 

Foreign trade (special trade)
Exports and imports
Original values/calendar and seasonally adjusted values 1
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
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
September91.7–3.492.2–2.074.8–3.675.6–0.8
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
2013January88.53.092.01.674.92.976.23.4
February88.6–2.890.9–1.271.8–5.973.2–3.9
March94.6–4.291.40.575.7–7.073.80.7
April94.58.593.11.976.45.275.42.3

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