The Transatlantic Economy 2017

The American Chamber of Commerce in the Netherlands is pleased to present you with an electronic copy of the Transatlantic Economy 2017. This annual survey presents the most up-to-date facts and figures about the EU-US economic relationship. The research was conducted independently by Dan Hamilton and Joseph Quinlan of the Center for Transatlantic Relations, Johns Hopkins University.

The research shows that, despite transatlantic political turbulence, the U.S. and Europe remain each other's most important markets. No other commercial artery in the world is as integrated. The transatlantic economic relationship generates close to €5.2 trillion in total commercial sales a year and employs up to 15 million workers on both sides of the Atlantic. Ties are particulary thick in foreign direct investment (FDI).

The U.S. in Europe

Over many decades no place in the world has attracted more U.S. FDI than Europe. Since the start of this decade Europe has attracted 58.5% of total U.S. global investment, more than in any previous decade. 70% of total U.S. FDI outflows globally went to Europe in 2016. Within Europe, however, U.S. FDI is becoming more concentrated. In the first nine months of 2016, five nations accounted for nearly 95% of total U.S. FDI outflows of $162 billion to Europe. With the Netherlands being the number 1 nation, attracting $42.1 billion and 26.0% of total flows to Europe.

Europe in the U.S.

In 2016 Europe accounted for 72% of global FDI inflows into the U.S. of $385 billion. In the first nine months of the year, inflows to the U.S. from Europe totaled $231 billion, the Netherlands being the third biggest investor ($37.4 billion).


You can read the Transatlantic Economy 2017 report here.

For the Key Findinings of the report you can click here.