Annual International Trade Statistics by Country
Publication date: 2020-02-10
Reporting period: 2002 - 2018
Timeseries: 173 million
Source:UN Comtrade
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United Kingdom | Imports and Exports | World | ALL COMMODITIES | Netweight (kg); Quantity and Value (US$) | 2008 - 2019

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Commodity Reporter Partner Trade flow Indicator 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
TOTAL. ALL COMMODITIES United Kingdom World Exports Value (US$) 482 020 961 916.00 359 615 540 058.00 422 014 118 473.00 517 288 693 419.00 481 225 753 723.00 548 041 853 304.00 511 145 442 935.00 466 295 682 754.00 411 463 355 625.00 441 847 324 214.00 490 840 363 553.00 468 322 416 147.00
Imports Value (US$) 705 344 160 844.00 552 042 034 589.00 627 617 523 093.00 717 606 233 152.00 689 137 011 265.00 657 222 527 853.00 694 344 323 261.00 630 251 057 548.00 636 367 936 193.00 640 907 688 603.00 671 694 257 766.00 692 494 170 352.00

The value of merchandise exports from United Kingdom totalled $ 468 billion in 2019. Overall commodity exports from United Kingdom decreased by 4.58% compared to 2018. Merchandise exports decreased by $ 22 billion (the value of merchandise exports from United Kingdom amounted to $490 billion in 2018)

United Kingdom's exports 2019 by country

Top export destinations of commodities from United Kingdom in 2019:

  • USA with a share of 15.7% (73 billion US$)
  • Germany with a share of 9.89% (46 billion US$)
  • France with a share of 6.69% (31 billion US$)
  • Netherlands with a share of 6.48% (30 billion US$)
  • China with a share of 6.43% (30 billion US$)
  • Ireland with a share of 5.93% (27 billion US$)
  • Belgium with a share of 3.51% (16.4 billion US$)
  • Switzerland with a share of 3.33% (15.6 billion US$)
  • Spain with a share of 2.92% (13.6 billion US$)
  • Italy with a share of 2.71% (12.7 billion US$)

Exports structure from United Kingdom in 2019 represented by the following main commodity groups:

  • 15.6% (73 billion US$): 84 - Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof
  • 10.7% (50 billion US$): 87 - Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof
  • 9.08% (42 billion US$): 71 - Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones, precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin
  • 8.73% (40 billion US$): 27 - Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes
  • 5.86% (27 billion US$): 85 - Electrical machinery and equipment and parts thereof; sound recorders and reproducers, television image and sound recorders and reproducers, and parts and accessories of such articles
  • 5.76% (27 billion US$): 30 - Pharmaceutical products
  • 4.32% (20 billion US$): 90 - Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof
  • 3.93% (18.4 billion US$): 88 - Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof
  • 2.7% (12.6 billion US$): 29 - Organic chemicals
  • 2.67% (12.5 billion US$): 99 - Commodities not specified according to kind

What did United Kingdom export in 2019?

United Kingdom's Top Exports in 2019:

  • 8.23% ($38 billion): 8703 - Motor cars and other motor vehicles principally designed for the transport of persons (other than those of heading 87.02), including station wagons and racing cars.
  • 5.63% ($26 billion): 8411 - Turbo-jets, turbo-propellers and other gas turbines.
  • 5.05% ($23 billion): 2709 - Petroleum oils and oils obtained from bituminous minerals, crude.
  • 4.97% ($23 billion): 7108 - Gold (including gold plated with platinum) unwrought or in semi-manufactured forms, or in powder form.
  • 3.85% ($18 billion): 3004 - Medicaments (excluding goods of heading 30.02, 30.05 or 30.06) consisting of mixed or unmixed products for therapeutic or prophylactic uses, put up in measured doses (including those in the form of transdermal administration systems) or in forms or packings for retail sale.
  • 3.41% ($15.9 billion): 8803 - Parts of goods of heading 88.01 or 88.02.
  • 2.53% ($11.8 billion): 2710 - Petroleum oils and oils obtained from bituminous minerals, other than crude; preparations not elsewhere specified or included, containing by weight 70 % or more of petroleum oils or of oils obtained from bituminous minerals, these oils being the basic constituents of the preparations; waste oils.
  • 1.89% ($8.89 billion): 9701 - Paintings, drawings and pastels, executed entirely by hand, other than drawings of heading 49.06 and other than hand-painted or hand-decorated manufactured articles; collages and similar decorative plaques.
  • 1.68% ($7.87 billion): 2208 - Undenatured ethyl alcohol of an alcoholic strength by volume of less than 80 % vol; spirits, liqueurs and other spirituous beverages.

The value of merchandise imports to United Kingdom totalled $ 692 billion in 2019. Merchandise imports to United Kingdom increased by 3.09% compared to 2018. Goods imports grew up by $ 20 billion in 2019 (the value of merchandise imports to United Kingdom was equal to $671 billion in 2018)

United Kingdom's imports 2019 by country

Top trading partners (import sources) of United Kingdom in 2019:

  • Germany with a share of 12.3% (85 billion US$)
  • USA with a share of 9.68% (67 billion US$)
  • China with a share of 9.46% (65 billion US$)
  • Netherlands with a share of 7.78% (53 billion US$)
  • France with a share of 5.61% (38 billion US$)
  • Belgium with a share of 4.65% (32 billion US$)
  • Italy with a share of 3.78% (26 billion US$)
  • Switzerland with a share of 3.41% (23 billion US$)
  • Spain with a share of 3.06% (21 billion US$)
  • Norway with a share of 2.85% (19.7 billion US$)

Imports structure to United Kingdom in 2019 represented by the following main commodity groups:

  • 12.8% (89 billion US$): 71 - Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones, precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewelry; coin
  • 12.3% (85 billion US$): 84 - Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof
  • 10.8% (74 billion US$): 87 - Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof
  • 8.64% (59 billion US$): 85 - Electrical machinery and equipment and parts thereof; sound recorders and reproducers, television image and sound recorders and reproducers, and parts and accessories of such articles
  • 8.12% (56 billion US$): 27 - Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes
  • 3.99% (27 billion US$): 30 - Pharmaceutical products
  • 2.78% (19.2 billion US$): 39 - Plastics and articles thereof
  • 2.76% (19.1 billion US$): 90 - Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof
  • 1.87% (13 billion US$): 61 - Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted
  • 1.71% (11.8 billion US$): 62 - Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted

What did United Kingdom import in 2019?

United Kingdom's Top Imports in 2019:

  • 10.2% ($70 billion): 7108 - Gold (including gold plated with platinum) unwrought or in semi-manufactured forms, or in powder form.
  • 6.32% ($43 billion): 8703 - Motor cars and other motor vehicles principally designed for the transport of persons (other than those of heading 87.02), including station wagons and racing cars.
  • 3.54% ($24 billion): 2709 - Petroleum oils and oils obtained from bituminous minerals, crude.
  • 2.98% ($20 billion): 8411 - Turbo-jets, turbo-propellers and other gas turbines.
  • 2.85% ($19.7 billion): 2710 - Petroleum oils and oils obtained from bituminous minerals, other than crude; preparations not elsewhere specified or included, containing by weight 70 % or more of petroleum oils or of oils obtained from bituminous minerals, these oils being the basic constituents of the preparations; waste oils.
  • 2.83% ($19.6 billion): 8525 - Transmission apparatus for radio-telephony, radio-telegraphy, radio-broadcasting or television, whether or not incorporating reception apparatus or sound recording or reproducing apparatus; television cameras; still image video cameras and other video camera recorders; digital cameras.
  • 2.44% ($16.9 billion): 8471 - Automatic data processing machines and units thereof; magnetic or optical readers, machines for transcribing data onto data media in coded form and machines for processing such data, not elsewhere specified or included.
  • 2.28% ($15.8 billion): 8708 - Parts and accessories of the motor vehicles of headings 87.01 to 87.05.
  • 2.12% ($14.7 billion): 3004 - Medicaments (excluding goods of heading 30.02, 30.05 or 30.06) consisting of mixed or unmixed products for therapeutic or prophylactic uses, put up in measured doses (including those in the form of transdermal administration systems) or in forms or packings for retail sale.

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United Kingdom | Imports and Exports | World | ALL COMMODITIES | Netweight (kg); Quantity and Value (US$) | 2008 - 2019