German exports fell more than forecast in March, easing by 3.3%, while imports rose by 3.4%, according to data released by the Federal Statistical Office on Wednesday.
A Reuters poll had predicted a month-on-month fall in exports of 2.0%.
Exports to Russia plunged by 62.3% in March compared with February partly because of sanctions imposed as a result of the war in Ukraine, the Office said in a statement.
In March, Germany had a seasonally adjusted trade surplus 3.2 billion euros ($3.4 billion), the Office reported, versus a forecast 9.8 billion euros. ($1 = 0.9506 euros)
(Reporting by Rachel More and Miranda Murray; Editing by Maria Sheahan)