Netherlands Top 10 Imports

Netherlands Top 10 Imports

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Netherlands imported US$646 billion worth of goods from around the globe in 2018, up by 27.2% since 2014 and up by 43.5% from 2017 to 2018.

Dutch imports represent 3.6% of total global imports which totaled $17.788 trillion one year earlier.

From a continental perspective, over half of Netherlands’ total imports by value in 2018 were purchased from fellow European countries. Asian trading partners supplied 29.2% of import purchases by the Netherlands, while 8.1% worth originated from exporters in North America. Smaller percentages originated from Latin America (2.8%) excluding Mexico plus the Caribbean, Africa (2.7%) and Oceania (under 1%) led by Australia.

Given Netherlands’ population of 17.2 million people, its total $646 billion in 2018 imports translates to roughly $37,700 in yearly product demand from every person in the core European Union country.

Netherlands Top 10 Imports

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The following product groups represent the highest dollar value in Netherlands’ import purchases during 2018. Also shown is the percentage share each product category represents in terms of overall imports into Netherlands.

  1. Mineral fuels including oil: US$111 billion (17.2% of total imports)
  2. Electrical machinery, equipment: $92.7 billion (14.3%)
  3. Machinery including computers: $84.6 billion (13.1%)
  4. Vehicles: $34.8 billion (5.4%)
  5. Pharmaceuticals: $29.5 billion (4.6%)
  6. Optical, technical, medical apparatus: $26.9 billion (4.2%)
  7. Organic chemicals: $17.8 billion (2.8%)
  8. Plastics, plastic articles: $17.8 billion (2.7%)
  9. Iron, steel: $13.2 billion (2%)
  10. Aluminum: $10 billion (1.6%)

Netherlands’ top 10 imports accounted for about two-thirds (67.8%) of the overall value of its product purchases from other countries.

Imported pharmaceuticals garnered the fastest-growing increase in value among the Netherlands’ top 10 import categories, up 109.9% from 2017 to 2018.

In second place for improving import purchases was aluminum, up 103.8%. Dutch imports under the mineral fuels including oil category delivered the third-fastest gain up 70%, trailed by the 64.6% uptick for imported electrical machinery and equipment.

Please note that the results listed above are at the 2-digit Harmonized Tariff System code level. Information presented under other virtual folder tabs is at the more granular 4-digit level.

At the detailed 4-digit HTS code level, the costliest imported goods into the Netherlands were crude oil (7.5% of total), mobile phones (6.2%), refined petroleum oils (5%), computers including optical readers (4.6%), medication mixes in dosage (2.4%) then cars (2.1%).

Fuel

In 2018, Dutch importers spent the most on the following 10 subcategories of mineral fuels-related products.

  1. Crude oil: US$48.7 billion (up 71.9% from 2017)
  2. Processed petroleum oils: $32.6 billion (up 14.8%)
  3. Coal, solid fuels made from coal: $5.8 billion (up 133.1%)
  4. Coal tar oils (high temperature distillation): $4.2 billion (up 20.5%)
  5. Petroleum gases: $3.5 billion (up 119.6%)
  6. Petroleum oil residues: $601.6 million (up 76.4%)
  7. Electrical energy: $210 million (up 6.7%)
  8. Peat: $173.7 million (up 6.3%)
  9. Petroleum jelly, mineral waxes: $146.9 million (up 18.9%)
  10. Coke, semi-coke: $125.7 million (up 242.5%)

Among these import subcategories, Dutch purchases of coke or semi-coke (up 242.5%), coal including solid fuels made from coal (up 133.1%) then petroleum gases (up 119.6%) grew at the fastest pace from 2017 to 2018.

These amounts and the percentage gains within parenthesis clearly show where the strongest demand lies for different types of imported fossil fuel among Dutch businesses and consumers.

Machines

In 2018, Dutch importers spent the most on the following 10 subcategories of machines including computers.

  1. Computers, optical readers: US$29.7 billion (up 131% from 2017)
  2. Printing machinery: $9.3 billion (up 19.1%)
  3. Computer parts, accessories: $5.1 billion (down -26.1%)
  4. Turbo-jets: $3.7 billion (up 28.5%)
  5. Machinery for making semi-conductors: $3.5 billion (up 56%)
  6. Heavy machinery (bulldozers, excavators, road rollers): $2.6 billion (up 47%)
  7. Machinery parts: $2 billion (up 20.4%)
  8. Taps, valves, similar appliances: $1.9 billion (up 14.8%)
  9. Liquid pumps and elevators: $1.7 billion (up 49.3%)
  10. Air or vacuum pumps: $1.7 billion (up 17.8%)

Among these import subcategories, Dutch purchases of computers including optical readers (up 131%), machinery for making semi-conductors (up 56%) then liquid pumps and elevators (up 49.3%) grew at the fastest pace from 2017 to 2018.

These amounts and the percentage gains within parenthesis clearly show where the strongest demand lies for different types of imported machines among Dutch businesses and consumers.

Electronics

In 2018, Dutch importers spent the most on the following 10 subcategories of electronic equipment including consumer electronics.

  1. Phone system devices including smartphones: US$40.2 billion (up 96.2% from 2017)
  2. Integrated circuits/microassemblies: $11.7 billion (up 74%)
  3. TV receivers/monitors/projectors: $5.6 billion (up 47%)
  4. Solar power diodes/semi-conductors: $4.1 billion (up 110.4%)
  5. Electrical converters/power units: $3.4 billion (up 36.4%)
  6. Insulated wire/cable: $2.5 billion (up 51.5%)
  7. Lower-voltage switches, fuses: $2.4 billion (up 15.9%)
  8. TV receiver/transmit/digital cameras: $2.2 billion (up 8.6%)
  9. Electric storage batteries: $1.9 billion (up 34.2%)
  10. Unrecorded sound media: $1.8 billion (down -19.3%)

Among these import subcategories, Dutch purchases of solar power diodes and semi-conductors (up 110.4%), phone system devices including smartphones (up 96.2%) then integrated circuits or microassemblies: (up 74%) grew at the fastest pace from 2017 to 2018.

These amounts and the percentage gains within parenthesis clearly show where the strongest demand lies for different types of imported electronics among Dutch businesses and consumers.

Vehicles

In 2018, Dutch importers spent the most on the following 10 subcategories of vehicles.

  1. Cars: US$13.9 billion (up 39.8% from 2017)
  2. Automobile parts/accessories: $7.2 billion (up 18.1%)
  3. Trucks: $3.6 billion (up 44.4%)
  4. Automobile bodies: $2.3 billion (up 11.8%)
  5. Motorcycles: $1.7 billion (up 88.2%)
  6. Trailers: $1.6 billion (up 21.9%)
  7. Tractors: $1.4 billion (up 17.8%)
  8. Motorcycle parts/accessories: $1.2 billion (up 13.8%)
  9. Bicycles, other non-motorized cycles: $615.5 million (up 7.5%)
  10. Special purpose vehicles: $364.6 million (up 17.8%)

Among these import subcategories, Dutch purchases of motorcycles (up 88.2%), trucks (up 44.4%) then cars (up 39.8%) grew at the fastest pace from 2017 to 2018.

These amounts and the percentage gains within parenthesis clearly show where the strongest demand lies for different types of imported vehicles among Dutch businesses and consumers.



 

See also Netherlands Top 10 Exports, Netherlands Top 10 Major Export Companies, Netherlands Top Trading Partners and Top EU Export Countries

Research Sources:
International Monetary Fund, World Economic Outlook Database (GDP based on Purchasing Power Parity). Accessed on March 20, 2019

The World Factbook, Country Profiles, Central Intelligence Agency. Accessed on March 20, 2019

Trade Map, International Trade Centre. Accessed on March 20, 2019

World’s Capital Cities, Capital Facts for Amsterdam, Netherlands. Accessed on March 20, 2019