German merchandise exports fell a seasonally-adjusted 5.5% in the month of
April and imports dipped 2.5% compared with March 2011.
Germany exported commodities to the value of €84.3bn and imported
commodities to the value of €73.4bn in April 2011 according to the federal
statistics office Destatis on the basis of provisional
data. Exports increased by 13.4% and imports by 20.1% in April 2011 on
The foreign trade balance showed a surplus of €10.9bn in April 2011. In April
2010, the surplus amounted to €13.2bn. In seasonally adjusted
terms, the foreign trade balance recorded a surplus of €12.0 bn in April 2011.
According to provisional results from the central bank, Deutsche Bundesbank,
the current account of the balance of payments showed a surplus of €8.8bn in
April 2011, which included the balance of services (– € 1.0bn), factor income
net (+ €2.3bn), current transfers (– €1.9bn), and supplementary trade items (–
€1.4bn). In April 2010, the German current account showed a surplus of
In April 2011, Germany shipped commodities to the value of €51.1bn to the
member countries of the European Union (EU), while it received commodities to the
value of €46.8bn from those countries.
Compared with April 2010, dispatches to
the EU countries increased by 15.1%
and arrivals from those countries by 22.8%. Commodities to the value of €34.5bn
(+13.5%) were dispatched to Eurozone countries in April 2011, while the value
of the commodities received from those countries was €33.0bn (+20.7%).
2011, commodities to the value of €16.6bn (+18.6%) were shipped to
EU countries not belonging to the
Eurozone, while the value of the commodities which were imported from those countries was
Exports of commodities to countries outside the EU (third countries)
amounted to €33.3bn in April 2011, while imports from those countries totalled
€26.6bn. Compared with April 2010, exports to third countries increased by
11.0% and imports from those countries by 15.6%.