Imports to the UK ticked up 0.1 percent from the previous month to a ten-month high of GBP 52.81 billion in December of 2020, following a downwardly revised 4.5 percent increase in the prior month. Purchases of goods dropped 0.2 percent while acquisitions of services advanced 0.9 percent. Within goods, purchases fell primarily for transport equipment (-1.5 percent); miscellaneous manufactures (-2.8 percent) and beverages & tobacco (-4.8 percent). Also, acquisitions of unspecified goods which include precious metals such as non-monetary gold, silver, platinum and palladium tumbled 49.4 percent. In contrast, imports advanced for fuels (27.9 percent); crude materials (11.3 percent); chemicals (5.8 percent) and material manufactures (0.8 percent). Imports of goods increased 2.7 percent from the EU while declined 3.4 percent from countries outside the EU. source: Office for National Statistics

Imports in the United Kingdom averaged 27202.34 GBP Million from 1955 until 2020, reaching an all time high of 64572 GBP Million in March of 2019 and a record low of 1031 GBP Million in June of 1955. This page provides - United Kingdom Imports - actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. United Kingdom Imports - data, historical chart, forecasts and calendar of releases - was last updated on March of 2021.

Imports in the United Kingdom is expected to be 45900.00 GBP Million by the end of this quarter, according to Trading Economics global macro models and analysts expectations. Looking forward, we estimate Imports in the United Kingdom to stand at 51500.00 in 12 months time. In the long-term, the United Kingdom Imports is projected to trend around 55500.00 GBP Million in 2022, according to our econometric models.

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United Kingdom Imports

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
52814.00 52783.00 64572.00 1031.00 1955 - 2020 GBP Million Monthly


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UK Imports Rise 0.1% to 10-Month High
Imports to the UK ticked up 0.1 percent from the previous month to a ten-month high of GBP 52.81 billion in December of 2020, following a downwardly revised 4.5 percent increase in the prior month. Purchases of goods dropped 0.2 percent while acquisitions of services advanced 0.9 percent. Within goods, purchases fell primarily for transport equipment (-1.5 percent); miscellaneous manufactures (-2.8 percent) and beverages & tobacco (-4.8 percent). Also, acquisitions of unspecified goods which include precious metals such as non-monetary gold, silver, platinum and palladium tumbled 49.4 percent. In contrast, imports advanced for fuels (27.9 percent); crude materials (11.3 percent); chemicals (5.8 percent) and material manufactures (0.8 percent). Imports of goods increased 2.7 percent from the EU while declined 3.4 percent from countries outside the EU.
2021-02-12
UK Imports Climb 8.9% to Over 1-Year High
Imports to the UK surged 8.9 percent from the previous month to an over one-year high of GBP 55.3 billion in November of 2020, following an upwardly revised 3.8 percent rise in the previous month. Goods purchases jumped 11.9 percent while acquisitions of services fell 1.1 percent. Within goods, imports rose mostly for machinery & transport equipment (15.5 percent); chemicals (16.2 percent); fuels (6.3 percent) and food & live animals (4.5 percent). Also, acquisitions of unspecified goods which include precious metals such as non-monetary gold, silver, platinum and palladium jumped 136.2 percent. Imports of goods increased 8.6 percent from the EU and surged 15.5 percent from countries outside the EU.
2021-01-15
UK Imports Rise 1.2% MoM in October
Imports to the UK advanced 1.2 percent from the previous month to GBP 49.72 billion in October of 2020, following a 7.7 percent surge in the prior month. Goods purchases grew 2.8 percent while services imports declined 3.7 percent. Within goods, imports rose mostly for chemicals (9.6 percent); miscellaneous manufactures (6.1 percent); fuels (3.7 percent); food & live animals (2.1 percent); beverages & tobacco (9.5 percent) and crude materials (1.9 percent). Acquisitions of unspecified goods which include precious metals such as non-monetary gold, silver, platinum and palladium surged 105 percent. Imports of goods increased 3.7 percent from the EU and went up 1.8 percent from countries outside the EU.
2020-12-10
UK Imports Rise 7.7% MoM in September
Imports to the UK advanced 7.7 percent from the previous month to GBP 49.15 billion in September of 2020, following a revised 0.8 percent decrease in the prior month, as the economy gradually recovers from the pandemic shock. Goods purchases jumped 10.2 percent while services imports increased 0.8 percent. Within goods, imports rose mostly for fuels (18.2 percent); crude materials (7.1 percent); material manufactures (19.5 percent); miscellaneous manufactures (17.3 percent) and machinery & transport equipment (8.5 percent). Imports of goods increased by 14.6 percent from countries outside the EU and by 6.5 percent to EU countries.
2020-11-12

United Kingdom Imports
UK's trade is measured through both imports and exports of goods and services. In 2017, imports of goods accounted for 74 percent of total imports, mainly: electrical machinery (13 percent of total imports); mechanical machinery (10 percent); cars (7 percent); other miscellaneous manufactures (6 percent); medicinal and pharmaceutical products (6 percent); road vehicles other than cars (5 percent); clothing (4 percent); refined oil (4 percent); crude oil (3 percent); and scientific and photographic (3 percent). Main goods import partners were: Germany (15 percent of total imports); China and the Netherlands (9 percent each); the United States (8 percent); France (6 percent); Belgium & Luxembourg (5 percent); Norway and Italy (4 percent each); and Spain and Ireland (3 percent each). Services accounted for 26 percent of total imports.
United Kingdom Imports by Country Last Previous
European Union 19711.00 19870.00 GBP Million Feb/20
United Kingdom Imports by Category Last Previous
Non-eu 22282.92 25212.99 GBP Million Dec/20
Oil 1994.00 1748.00 GBP Million Dec/20
Pharmaceutical Products 1900.65 2109.43 GBP Million Dec/20
Intra EU - Pharmaceutical Products 1571.44 1748.86 GBP Million Dec/20
Plastics & Plastic Products 1240.48 1372.36 GBP Million Dec/20
Crude Oil 1077.00 833.00 GBP Million Dec/20
Miscellaneous Chemical Products 910.18 596.80 GBP Million Dec/20
Intra EU - Plastics & Plastic Products 817.91 884.96 GBP Million Dec/20
Beverages, Spirits & Vinegar 572.19 691.31 GBP Million Dec/20
Articles of Iron & Steel 567.26 611.62 GBP Million Dec/20
Organic Chemicals 564.37 865.08 GBP Million Dec/20
Wood & Related Articles 512.46 574.77 GBP Million Dec/20
Aircraft, Spacecraft & Related Parts 510.63 791.47 GBP Million Dec/20
Intra EU - Beverages, Spirits & Vinegar 446.76 513.24 GBP Million Dec/20
Paper & Paperboard & Related Articles 443.55 461.10 GBP Million Dec/20
Extra EU - Plastics & Plastic Products 422.57 487.40 GBP Million Dec/20
Edible Fruit & Nuts 413.53 431.47 GBP Million Dec/20
Rubber & Related Articles 407.14 516.67 GBP Million Dec/20
Essential Oils & Resinoids Prepared 401.85 452.22 GBP Million Dec/20
Aluminium & Related Articles 398.15 326.94 GBP Million Dec/20

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