Imports of goods and services to the UK fell 9.3 percent to GBP 56.21 billion in April 2019, the largest monthly decline on record, as purchases slumped for goods (-12.7 percent) while they increased for services (0.9 percent). Within goods commodities, imports went down primarily for machinery & transport equipment (-9.6 percent); miscellaneous manufactures (-7.4 percent), unspecified goods (-40.8 percent); chemicals (-30.3 percent); fuels (-4.4 percent) and beverages & tobacco (-15.7 percent). Among major trading partners, imports of goods from the EU tumbled 16.4 percent, primarily Germany (-12.3 percent), the Netherlands (-27.2 percent), France (-24.3 percent), Italy (-9.1 percent), Belgium (-8.4 percent) and Spain (-16.2 percent). Meantime, purchases from non-EU countries shrank 8.5 percent, mostly the US (-13.2 percent), China (-1.2 percent), Switzerland (-4.1 percent), Australia (-41 percent) and India (-4.1 percent). Imports in the United Kingdom averaged 25833.64 GBP Million from 1955 until 2019, reaching an all time high of 62009 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 57800.00 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 59200.00 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 -2740.00 -6151.00 2946.00 -6659.00 GBP Million [+]
Current Account -23707.00 -22988.00 2654.00 -32163.00 GBP Million [+]
Current Account to GDP -3.90 -3.30 2.60 -5.20 percent [+]
Imports 56212.00 62009.00 62009.00 1031.00 GBP Million [+]
Exports 53472.00 55858.00 55858.00 962.00 GBP Million [+]
External Debt 6621492.00 6301189.00 6621492.00 565439.00 GBP Million [+]
Capital Flows 34972.00 33427.00 42878.00 -15043.00 GBP Million [+]
Foreign Direct Investment 15947.00 8525.00 82539.00 -44536.00 GBP Million [+]
Gold Reserves 310.30 310.30 588.27 310.25 Tonnes [+]
Crude Oil Production 1129.00 1115.18 2821.00 1.00 BBL/D/1K [+]
Terrorism Index 5.61 5.10 5.68 4.19 [+]
Tourism Revenues 1150.00 1460.00 3014.00 126.00 GBP Million [+]
Tourist Arrivals 2200.00 2640.00 4043.00 540.00 Thousand [+]
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 June of 2019.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
56212.00 62009.00 62009.00 1031.00 1955 - 2019 GBP Million Monthly




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