Germany is characterised by a strongly export-oriented and diversified economic structure. In 2016, the country exported goods worth a total of €1,2 trillion. Products of the extractive industries accounted for some €6.6 billion of this amount, equivalent to 0.54 % of total exports. The crude oil and natural gas sectors accounted for the largest share of exports at almost €5 billion. However, this mainly involved re-exports of natural gas. Domestically-extracted natural gas is almost completely consumed in Germany. This sector is followed by ‘Quarried natural resources, other mining products’ with €1.3 billion. Exports also included ores (around €130 million) and coals (€125 million). Here too, the figures include re-exports, but to a much lesser extent compared to natural gas.