Trends show the sector and country pairings which contributed more than EUR
1 bn (in absolute terms) to German export growth in 2017. Some combinations
are to be expected, for example exports of mechanical or electrical engineering
products to China, , but there are also a number of surprises, such as
pharmaceuticals or clothing exports to Switzerland or electrical engineering
exports to the Netherlands or Poland.
The biggest German export sector, the
automotive industry, figures only once in these statistics, namely with its exports