Imports to the UK tumbled 26.2 percent from a month earlier to GBP 37.41 billion in April of 2020, its lowest since January of 2010, on the back of a 21.9 percent fall in purchases of goods and a 37.6 percent in those of services. Goods imports declined mainly for machinery & transport equipment (27.7 percent); food & live animals (-0.9 percent); miscellaneous manufactures (-18 percent); material manufacturers (-13.6 percent) and fuels (-43.8 percent). Imports of goods slumped 23.7 percent from countries outside the EU and those from the EU declined 20.2 percent.

Imports in the United Kingdom averaged 26860.35 GBP Million from 1955 until 2020, reaching an all time high of 65381 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 July of 2020. source: Office for National Statistics

Imports in the United Kingdom is expected to be 41400.00 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 45900.00 in 12 months time. In the long-term, the United Kingdom Imports is projected to trend around 49500.00 GBP Million in 2021 and 52500.00 GBP Million in 2022, according to our econometric models.

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United Kingdom Imports

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
37407.00 50674.00 65381.00 1031.00 1955 - 2020 GBP Million Monthly


News Stream
UK Imports Tumble to Over a Decade Low
Imports to the UK tumbled 26.2 percent from a month earlier to GBP 37.41 billion in April of 2020, its lowest since January of 2010, on the back of a 21.9 percent fall in purchases of goods and a 37.6 percent in those of services. Goods imports declined mainly for machinery & transport equipment (27.7 percent); food & live animals (-0.9 percent); miscellaneous manufactures (-18 percent); material manufacturers (-13.6 percent) and fuels (-43.8 percent). Imports of goods slumped 23.7 percent from countries outside the EU and those from the EU declined 20.2 percent.
2020-06-12
UK Imports Rise 3% to 4-Month High in February
Imports to the United Kingdom rose 3.0 percent from a month earlier to GBP 58.85 billion in February 2020, the highest level in four months, on the back of a 6.0 percent advance in goods purchases. Imports of unspecified goods, which include precious metals such as non-monetary gold, silver, platinum and palladium, led the increase (2331.2 percent), followed by machinery & transport equipment (1.8 percent). Meanwhile, other major categories saw declines.
2020-04-09
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

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 16736.85 20427.75 GBP Million Apr/20
Pharmaceutical Products 1697.78 1376.29 GBP Million Apr/20
Oil 1452.00 2838.00 GBP Million Apr/20
Intra EU - Pharmaceutical Products 1277.76 1502.45 GBP Million Apr/20
Plastics & Plastic Products 1040.07 1073.14 GBP Million Apr/20
Crude Oil 699.00 1328.00 GBP Million Apr/20
Organic Chemicals 654.30 570.64 GBP Million Apr/20
Intra EU - Plastics & Plastic Products 650.64 864.90 GBP Million Apr/20
Beverages, Spirits & Vinegar 474.07 492.99 GBP Million Apr/20
Edible Fruit & Nuts 464.18 447.15 GBP Million Apr/20
Miscellaneous Chemical Products 435.80 460.69 GBP Million Apr/20
Paper & Paperboard & Related Articles 425.67 386.39 GBP Million Apr/20
Extra EU - Pharmaceutical Products 420.02 278.85 GBP Million Apr/20
Articles of Iron & Steel 403.89 499.17 GBP Million Apr/20
Wood & Related Articles 393.42 404.62 GBP Million Apr/20
Extra EU - Plastics & Plastic Products 389.43 339.91 GBP Million Apr/20
Intra EU - Organic Chemicals 387.19 462.88 GBP Million Apr/20
Intra EU - Beverages, Spirits & Vinegar 345.31 350.40 GBP Million Apr/20
Meat & Edible Meat Offal 317.48 394.18 GBP Million Apr/20
Essential Oils & Resinoids Prepared 307.39 364.09 GBP Million Apr/20

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