Value of the import and export of Gouda cheese in the Netherlands 2008-2018

Value of the import and export of Gouda cheese in the Netherlands from 2008 to 2018 (in thousand euros)

by Brigitte van de Pas, last edited Aug 9, 2019
Value of the import and export of Gouda cheese in the Netherlands 2008-2018 The Netherlands and cheese go hand in hand. Edammer, Maasdammer, Leerdammer and Oud Amsterdam are all well-known abroad, but the most famous Dutch cheese is without doubt Gouda. Named after the town Gouda in the province Zuid-Holland where it was predominantly traded for centuries, Gouda cheese and Dutch cheese have almost become synonyms nowadays.
 Export value of Gouda cheese reaches nearly 1.3 billion euros

   Between 2008 and 2018, the export value of Gouda far exceeded the import. According to the most recent figures, the export of Gouda from the Netherlands was valued at just under 1.2 billion euros – the second-highest value in the period surveyed. By comparison, the value of Edam cheese exported from the Netherlands in this period was 298 million euros.

Germany leading destination for Dutch cheese

  Just under half of all Dutch cheese exports was destined for the neighboring countries Germany and Belgium. Nearly one-third of the cheese exported from the Netherlands was exported to Germany, and another 13 percent to Belgium. Dutch cheese was mainly popular in other European countries, but further afield the Japanese (three percent of all exports) and the Americans (two percent) were also clearly Dutch cheese enthusiasts. In total, nearly 300 million kilos of cheese were exported to Germany in 2017. Exports to Japan amounted to roughly one-tenth of that figure, at 29.7 million kilos.
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Value of the import and export of Gouda cheese in the Netherlands from 2008 to 2018 (in thousand euros)

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