Export of pharmaceuticals from Germany 2009-2017

In 2017, approximately 75.4 billion euros worth of pharmaceuticals were exported from Germany, the highest value in the provided time interval. The annual value of pharmaceuticals exported from Germany has increased year-on-year since 2009, with the only exception being in 2011, when the value decreased slightly.

Where are the exports going?

The United States was by far the primary destination for German pharmaceuticals exports in 2017, with an export value of over 13.6 billion euros. While the Netherlands and Great Britain were the second and third highest with export values of 8.6 and 4.9 billion euros respectively.

German pharmaceutical market

The value of pharmaceuticals imported into Germany was approximately 52.7 billion euros in 2017. This means Germany has a positive trade balance in the pharmaceutical market as its exports are worth more than its imports. Additionally, the German pharmaceutical market had a turnover of over 40 billion euros in 2017, which made it the leading pharmaceutical market in Europe.

Annual value of pharmaceuticals exported from Germany from 2009 to 2017

Export value in million euros
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Release date

December 2018



Survey time period

2009 to 2017

Supplementary notes

* The source provides the following information:
Business branch 21, production of pharmaceutical goods. Since 2008 the production of pharmaceutical goods is now to be found in WZ 21, (previously WZ 24.4).

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