Imports to the UK dipped 2.6 percent from a month earlier to GBP 53.63 billion in June 2019, the third consecutive month of decline. Purchases of goods went down 3.6 percent, mainly pushed down by machinery & transport equipment (-2.5%); miscellaneous manufactures (-2.9%); fuels (-13.2%); food & live animals (-6.8%); crude materials (-4.8%) and beverages & tobacco (-3.4%). In contrast, services imports went up 0.3 percent. Among major trading partners, imports of goods from the EU dropped 1.3 percent, primarily from Germany (-11.9%), France (-0.6%), Italy (-0.9%), Spain (-0.9%) and Ireland (-4.9%). By contrast, purchases went up mostly from the Netherlands (10%), Belgium (1.8%), Denmark (8.5%) and Sweden (19.5%). Meantime, imports from non-EU countries slipped 6.2 percent, due to lower purchases from China (-3.4%), the US (-8.5%), Japan (-8.4%), Turkey (-19.5%), India (-27.4%), Russia (-9.3%) and Hong Kong (-20.1%). Imports in the United Kingdom averaged 25958.73 GBP Million from 1955 until 2019, reaching an all time high of 62200 GBP Million in March of 2019 and a record low of 1031 GBP Million in June of 1955.

Imports in the United Kingdom is expected to be 58500.00 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 59400.00 in 12 months time. In the long-term, the United Kingdom Imports is projected to trend around 60500.00 GBP Million in 2020, according to our econometric models.

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United Kingdom Trade Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Balance of Trade 1779.00 -2002.00 2946.00 -7026.00 GBP Million [+]
Current Account -30045.00 -23707.00 2654.00 -32163.00 GBP Million [+]
Current Account to GDP -3.90 -3.30 2.60 -5.20 percent [+]
Imports 53630.00 56705.00 62200.00 1031.00 GBP Million [+]
Exports 55409.00 53039.00 55669.00 962.00 GBP Million [+]
External Debt 6432146.00 6621492.00 6621492.00 565439.00 GBP Million [+]
Capital Flows 16784.00 34972.00 40569.00 -15043.00 GBP Million [+]
Foreign Direct Investment -15010.00 15947.00 82539.00 -44536.00 GBP Million [+]
Gold Reserves 310.30 310.30 588.27 310.25 Tonnes [+]
Crude Oil Production 1082.00 1123.00 2821.00 1.00 BBL/D/1K [+]
Terrorism Index 5.61 5.10 5.68 4.19 [+]
Tourism Revenues 1650.00 1150.00 3014.00 126.00 GBP Million [+]
Tourist Arrivals 2940.00 2200.00 4043.00 540.00 Thousand [+]
Goods Trade Balance -7009.00 -10695.00 775.00 -15897.00 GBP Million [+]
Weapons Sales 741.00 1235.00 5966.00 741.00 USD Million [+]

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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. This page provides - United Kingdom Imports - actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. United Kingdom Imports - actual data, historical chart and calendar of releases - was last updated on August of 2019.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
53630.00 56705.00 62200.00 1031.00 1955 - 2019 GBP Million Monthly




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