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Focus on efficiency during economic pickup

The Dutch economy has grown for the fourth time in a row during the first quarter of 2015, while exports rose for the fourth year in succession. These are figures that indicate that the Dutch economy is on the right course. Let’s list some facts.

  • Export volumes of commodities in May 2015 outgrew the May 2014 figures by 7.5%.
  • The 0,4% economic growth in the Netherlands is exactly equal to the economic growth in the euro zone.
  • Companies step up their investments; exports continue to rise and consumers contributed more and more to economic growth during the last quarter of 2014.
  • In February 2015, Dutch companies notably exported more transport items and products.
  • Export conditions improved even more in April 2015.
  • A 1.8% growth in road transport is predicted for 2015.

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Benefits to transport

In 2015, consumers are slowly regaining their trust in the economy, which is reflected on the transport business. In the Netherlands, improved consumer trust has resulted in increased international transport movements to neighbouring countries. Trust on the part of both producers and consumers in the inland market has remained positive over the past few months. These are developments that are bound to benefit the world of transportation.

Efficiency remains essential

In spite of the economic improvement all around, efficiency in business remains paramount. Efficient, meaning: “quickly yielding positive result”. Whereas exports may be thriving indeed, the value of the EURO did not exactly prosper under the Greek crisis. This makes it cheaper for countries outside the euro zone to import European products, but makes imports of products into Europe a more costly affair.

To realise the desired result in spite of this and to continue operating in a cost-effective way while remaining able to deliver quality, we must not lose sight of efficiency. The highest profits namely are not attained by raising sales prices, but by lowering purchase prices.

Sources:

Financieel Dagblad
Rijksoverheid
CBS
Transport-Online.nl
Nu.nl

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