The Netherlands exported 122.3 billion euros worth of agricultural goods last year. That is more than 17 percent more than in 2021. Foreign countries in particular did not get enough of Dutch milk and eggs.
In 2021, agricultural exports exceeded 100 billion euros for the first time. That amount has now increased by 17.6 billion euros, according to figures from Statistics Netherlands and Wageningen University & Research (WUR) on Tuesday.
This is mainly because farmers, market gardeners and food manufacturers pass on the rising costs in export prices. Farmers, for example, have to deal with more expensive raw materials for animal feed and artificial fertilizer, while horticulturists have to deal with high energy costs.
The most popular are Dutch dairy products and eggs. A year earlier, dairy and eggs were still number three of the most exported products. The export value of these products has also increased considerably, as the price of both milk and eggs was very high in 2022. This is a result of the war in Ukraine, which has led to high energy and animal feed costs.
Bird flu also played a role in the price of eggs, which reduced the supply.