This report describes the trade developments in the agricultural sector in the Netherlands in 2018. In this joint publication by Wageningen Economic Research and Statistics Netherlands (CBS), which was commissioned by the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality (LNV), the initial trade results are announced and interpreted. Additionally, an overview of patents in the agricultural processing industry is given as well as an inventory of the current situation of technological innovations in the agricultural industry. The report also describes the number of agricultural subsidiaries abroad and contains information regarding foreign students who have graduated. Finally, a reflection on trade and circularity has been included.