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EU foreign trade: Germany has the largest surplus in 2016

As in previous years, Germany was the EU Member State with the largest merchandise trade surplus in 2016. Germany exported goods worth 1,210 billion euros and imported goods worth approximately 953 billion euros, thereby achieving a total surplus of 257 billion euros.

The Netherlands also achieved a substantial surplus of 59 billion euros in 2016. In total, 11 EU Member States achieved a trade surplus, whereas 17 EU Member States imported more goods than they exported. As in previous years, the United Kingdom (204 billion euros) has the largest trade deficit in the EU, followed by France (65 billion euros) and Spain (20 billion euros).

Eurostat data are harmonized in order to ensure comparability at European level. Eurostat data for Germany may therefore differ slightly from the data published by the Federal Statistical Office.

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