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Press release 298 / 2013-09-06: German exports in July 2013: unchanged on July 2012

WIESBADEN – Germany exported goods to the value of 93.4 billion euros and imported goods to the value of 77.3 billion euros in July 2013. Based on provisional data, the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) also reports that German exports in July 2013 were nearly unchanged on a year earlier, while imports were up 0.9% on July 2012. The month-on-month comparison showed opposite developments of exports and imports upon calendar and seasonal adjustment. While exports decreased by 1.1% on June 2013, imports increased by 0.5%.

The foreign trade balance showed a surplus of 16.1 billion euros in July 2013. In July 2012, the surplus had amounted to 16.9 billion euros. In calendar and seasonally adjusted terms, the foreign trade balance recorded a surplus of 14.5 billion euros in July 2013.

According to provisional results of the Deutsche Bundesbank, the current account of the balance of payments showed a surplus of 14.3 billion euros in July 2013, which included the balance of services (–2.1 billion euros), factor income net (+6.1 billion euros), current transfers (–3.4 billion euros), and supplementary trade items (–2.4 billion euros). In July 2012, the German current account showed a surplus of 14.4 billion euros.

In July 2013, Germany dispatched goods to the value of 52.3 billion euros to the Member States of the European Union (EU), while it received goods to the value of 49.6 billion euros from those countries. Compared with July 2012, dispatches to the EU countries increased by 0.8% and arrivals from those countries by 0.6%. Goods to the value of 33.6 billion euros (–0.7%) were dispatched to the Euro area countries in July 2013, while the value of the goods received from those countries was 35.3 billion euros (+1.5%). In July 2013, goods to the value of 18.6 billion euros (+3.6%) were dispatched to EU countries not belonging to the Euro area, while the value of the goods which arrived from those countries was 14.3 billion euros (–1.7%).

Exports of goods to countries outside the European Union (third countries) amounted to 41.2 billion euros in July 2013, while imports from those countries totalled 27.7 billion euros. Compared with July 2012, exports to third countries decreased by 1.0% and imports from those countries increased by 1.6%.

Flows of commodities and services in billion euros 
ItemJulyJanuary to
July
JuneJulyJanuary
to
July
20132012
Discrepancies in the totals may occur due to rounding.
1   Exports (f.o.b.)93,4640,892,793,5644,0
2   Imports (c.i.f.)77,3526,875,776,6533,7
Balance of
3   Foreign trade (1-2)16,1114,017,016,9110,3
4   Services– 2,1– 2,00,2– 3,3– 0,9
5   Factor income (net)6,133,05,36,231,6
6   Current transfers– 3,4– 26,8– 2,9– 2,5– 24,0
7   Supplementary trade  items – 2,4 – 12,9 – 1,7 – 2,9 – 15,3
8   Current account (3+4+5+6+7) 14,3 105,3 17,9 14,4 101,6
Groups of countries 
ItemJuly
2013
January
to
July
2013
Percentage change from
July
2012
January
to
July
2012
billion eurosin %
Total exports93.4640.8– 0.0– 0.5
including: 
EU Member States52.3367.10.8–1.4
Euro area33.6238.5–0.7–2.9
Non-euro area18.6128.63.61.5
Third countries41.2273.8–1.00.7
Total imports77.3526.80.9–1.3
including: 
EU Member States49.6340.80.60.1
Euro area35.3238.81.5–0.4
Non-euro area14.3102.0–1.71.4
Third countries27.7186.11.6–3.7

Discrepancies in the totals may occur due to rounding

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
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change on previous month

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change on the same month

of the pre-vious year

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euros

change on previous month

in %

1 Using Census X-12-ARIMA.
2012January86.08.490.02.872.84.974.30.3
February91.27.991.11.276.35.476.83.3
March98.80.190.9–0.381.42.077.40.8
April87.13.189.8–1.272.7–1.373.8–4.7
May92.70.493.44.177.2–0.577.75.3
June94.77.592.6–0.976.82.176.1–2.0
July93.59.292.6–0.076.62.176.30.2
August90.25.794.11.673.90.576.3–0.0
September91.7–3.492.2–2.074.8–3.675.6–0.9
October98.410.592.30.182.76.077.72.7
November94.0–0.190.3–2.277.1–1.174.7–3.8
December79.0–6.990.60.466.9–7.573.6–1.4
2013January88.53.092.01.574.92.976.13.3
February88.6–2.890.9–1.271.8–5.973.5–3.4
March94.6–4.291.30.575.7–7.074.21.0
April94.38.392.61.476.45.175.11.2
May88.6–4.590.7–2.075.0–2.876.11.4
June92.7–2.191.20.675.7–1.375.4–1.0
July93.4–0.090.3–1.177.30.975.80.5

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