CBS stats place Netherlands as Europe’s top exporter of bicycles

Download PDF

Statistics released by the Netherland’s Central Bureau for Statistics place the region as Europe’s top cbs1exporter of bicycles.

With a value of €793 million destined for overseas, the bicycle friendly region’s closest rival is Germany, which ships some €708 million in value.

Compared to 2014, the Netherlands has upped its output by 14%, meaning the region now accounts for a quarter of Europe’s exports. The figures are largely made up of domestically made builds, however bicycles that are shipped in for final touches before being re-exported are represented.

CBS suggests that the numbers now rank the Netherlands as world’s third largest manufacturer of bicycles.

Meanwhile, imports into the region rose to a value of €536 million Euro, showing the locals also have an appetite primarily for German and Taiwanese made bikes. The pair account for 60 percent of bikes cbs2shipped in.

As a result it’s perhaps unsurprising to see electric bikes too have shown significant import growth. In 2015 nearly 20% of bikes landing were power assisted, a 46% year-on-year growth with a value of €103 million. Just 8% of bikes leaving the Netherlands are electric, with a value of €61 million.

In terms of sales, Dutch industry Association RAI has revealed that 28% sold now feature pedal assist. A 23.6% year-on-year growth equated to 276,000 electric bikes sold in one year.

Sales of all bicycles among both specialists and non-specialists totaled €899 million. The average sale price has now risen consectuviely for eight years and one in three purchase now sit above €900.

It is estimated that the dutch value the bicycle dealer too, with a 70% market share for ‘specialist’ retailers.

Source: CBS


CIN Comments