Imports to the United Kingdom went up only 0.1 percent month-over-month to GBP 56.63 billion in December 2019 as UK companies tried to ran down the stocks of foreign goods bought in earlier months in anticipation of no-deal Brexit. Goods purchases dropped 0.1 percent, dragged down by machinery & transport equipment (-4.7 percent); material manufactures (-2.9 percent); chemicals (-2.3 percent); and beverages & tobacco (-2.3 percent). Meanwhile, services imports increased 0.7 percent. Imports from the EU fell 0.2 percent due to lower purchases from the Netherlands (-2.5 percent), Italy (-2.1 percent), Spain (-1.2 percent) and Ireland (-3.7 percent). Imports from Germany rose 4.3 percent. Purchases from non-EU countries were little changed, as lower shipments from the US (-1.8 percent), China (-5.9 percent), Japan (-2.5 percent) and Turkey (-5.3 percent) offset growth from Norway (6.9 percent), Russia (28.1 percent), South Africa (83.2 percent) and Switzerland (14.3 percent).

Imports in the United Kingdom averaged 26660.19 GBP Million from 1955 until 2019, reaching an all time high of 65066 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. source: Office for National Statistics

Imports in the United Kingdom is expected to be 68200.00 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 67800.00 in 12 months time. In the long-term, the United Kingdom Imports is projected to trend around 64500.00 GBP Million in 2021, according to our econometric models.


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United Kingdom Imports

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
56630.00 56557.00 65066.00 1031.00 1955 - 2019 GBP Million Monthly


News Stream
UK Imports Barely Grow in December
Imports to the United Kingdom went up only 0.1 percent month-over-month to GBP 56.63 billion in December 2019 as UK companies tried to ran down the stocks of foreign goods bought in earlier months in anticipation of no-deal Brexit. Goods purchases dropped 0.1 percent, dragged down by machinery & transport equipment (-4.7 percent); material manufactures (-2.9 percent); chemicals (-2.3 percent); and beverages & tobacco (-2.3 percent). Meanwhile, services imports increased 0.7 percent. Imports from the EU fell 0.2 percent due to lower purchases from the Netherlands (-2.5 percent), Italy (-2.1 percent), Spain (-1.2 percent) and Ireland (-3.7 percent). Imports from Germany rose 4.3 percent. Purchases from non-EU countries were little changed, as lower shipments from the US (-1.8 percent), China (-5.9 percent), Japan (-2.5 percent) and Turkey (-5.3 percent) offset growth from Norway (6.9 percent), Russia (28.1 percent), South Africa (83.2 percent) and Switzerland (14.3 percent).
2020-02-11
UK Imports Fall to Near 2-Year Low in November
Imports of goods and services to the UK plunged 7.8 percent from a month earlier to GBP 55.80 billion in November 2019, the lowest level since February 2018, following a 0.8 percent increase in October. Goods purchases tumbled 11.6 percent to a near two-year low due to purchases of food & live animals (-10.5 percent), fuels (-9.2 percent), chemicals (-24.2 percent), material manufactures (-8.3 percent), machinery & transport equipment (-10.1 percent), and miscellaneous manufactures (-10.1 percent). Meanwhile, services imports advanced 1.5 percent. Imports from the EU slumped 12.8 percent led by Germany (-10.6 percent), the Netherlands (-19.1 percent) and France (-14.1 percent). In addition, purchases from countries outside the EU declined 10.2 percent, due to falling shipments from China (-18.6 percent), the US (-11.1 percent), Japan (-4.8 percent) and Turkey (-17.1 percent).
2020-01-13
UK Imports Jump 6.2% in October
Imports of goods and services to the UK rose 6.2% from a month earlier to GBP 64.13 billion in October 2019, following a 3.8% increase in September. Goods purchases jumped 8.3%, boosted by fuels (17.8%), chemicals (14.3%), food & live animals (5.8%), machinery & transport equipment (3.9%), and miscellaneous manufactures (1.4%). In addition, services imports advanced 1.3%. Among major trading partners, imports of goods from the EU advanced 4.4%, boosted by increases in purchases from Germany (4.6%), the Netherlands (11.5%), France (5.8%), Belgium (3.2%), Spain (2.4%), Ireland (9.1%) and Poland (1.8%). Meanwhile, purchases from non-EU countries rose 12.7%, driven by imports from China (15.9%), the US (5.9%), Switzerland (59.8%), Norway (43.9%), Turkey (19.8%), India (39.5%), Canada (6.5%), Australia (53.4%) and Hong Kong (5.0%). By contrast, shipments from Japan and Russia dropped 4.9 and 6.4% respectively.
2019-12-10
UK Imports Surge 3.9% MoM in September
Imports of goods and services to the UK grew 3.9 percent from a month earlier to GBP 58.95 billion in September 2019, following a 0.6 percent gain in August, mainly due to a 5.1 percent climb in goods imports, namely chemicals (4.8 percent), material manufactures (10.2 percent), fuels (3.4 percent); miscellaneous manufactures (2.8 percent); food (1.0 percent) and animals & vegetable oil & fats (39.6 percent). However, acquisitions fell for machinery & transport equipment (-1.8 percent) and crude materials (-0.7 percent). Meantime, services purchases were up 0.8 percent. Among major trading partners, imports of goods from the EU rose 5.7 percent, namely Germany (7.4 percent), the Netherlands (5.6 percent) and Belgium (2.2 percent). On the other hand, purchases from non-EU countries were up 4.5 percent, in particular from the US (1.8 percent); Switzerland (147.2 percent), Japan (12.5 percent) and Turkey (5.4 percent).
2019-11-11

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 20336.00 20279.00 GBP Million Dec/19
United Kingdom Imports by Category Last Previous
Non-eu 19844.17 22831.39 GBP Million Dec/19
Oil 3451.00 3255.00 GBP Million Dec/19
Crude Oil 1675.00 1586.00 GBP Million Dec/19
Pharmaceutical Products 1175.24 1622.06 GBP Million Dec/19
Intra EU - Pharmaceutical Products 941.75 1310.72 GBP Million Dec/19
Plastics & Plastic Products 911.44 1100.99 GBP Million Dec/19
Aircraft, Spacecraft & Related Parts 670.66 799.05 GBP Million Dec/19
Intra EU - Plastics & Plastic Products 601.91 724.15 GBP Million Dec/19
Organic Chemicals 579.12 533.15 GBP Million Dec/19
Beverages, Spirits & Vinegar 532.69 544.53 GBP Million Dec/19
Articles of Iron & Steel 466.42 649.56 GBP Million Dec/19
Intra EU - Beverages, Spirits & Vinegar 418.93 411.17 GBP Million Dec/19
Paper & Paperboard & Related Articles 411.78 477.05 GBP Million Dec/19
Intra EU - Organic Chemicals 392.49 354.81 GBP Million Dec/19
Miscellaneous Chemical Products 387.96 351.26 GBP Million Dec/19
Meat & Edible Meat Offal 381.50 355.98 GBP Million Dec/19
Edible Fruit & Nuts 380.74 402.61 GBP Million Dec/19
Wood & Related Articles 358.72 478.81 GBP Million Dec/19
Essential Oils & Resinoids Prepared 349.78 413.39 GBP Million Dec/19
Intra EU - Meat & Edible Meat Offal 340.28 322.24 GBP Million Dec/19

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