Imports of goods and services to the UK declined 2.5 percent to GBP 54.98 billion in September 2018 from GBP 56.39 billion in August, mainly dragged down by lower purchases of both machinery & transport equipment and material manufactures (-3.6%), chemicals (-7.7%), fuels (-8.3%), food & live animals (-2.2%) and crude materials (-3.8%). Among major trading partners, imports of goods decreased 7.3 percent from non-EU countries, namely China (-4.3%), the US (-17.9%), Norway (-25%), Russia (-15%) and Turkey (-0.2%). In contrast, increases in imports were seen from Japan (2.5%) and India (12.1%). At the same time, purchases from the EU went down 0.1 percent, led by lower purchases from Germany (-1.0%), the Netherlands (-2.8%) and Belgium (-0.7% Imports in the United Kingdom averaged 25382.47 GBP Million from 1955 until 2018, reaching an all time high of 56388 GBP Million in August of 2018 and a record low of 1031 GBP Million in June of 1955.

United Kingdom Imports
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United Kingdom Trade Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Balance of Trade -27.00 -2101.00 2946.00 -5749.00 GBP Million [+]
Exports 54953.00 54287.00 54953.00 962.00 GBP Million [+]
Imports 54980.00 56388.00 56388.00 1031.00 GBP Million [+]
Current Account -20317.00 -15692.00 2654.00 -32163.00 GBP Million [+]
Current Account to GDP -4.10 -5.80 2.60 -5.80 percent [+]
External Debt 6382913.00 6412914.00 6428718.00 565439.00 GBP Million [+]
Capital Flows 13843.00 3074.00 42878.00 -15043.00 GBP Million [+]
Foreign Direct Investment 22199.00 -3896.00 82539.00 -44536.00 GBP Million [+]
Gold Reserves 310.30 310.30 588.27 310.25 Tonnes [+]
Crude Oil Production 915.00 854.00 2821.00 1.00 BBL/D/1K [+]
Terrorism Index 5.10 5.08 5.68 4.19 [+]
Tourism Revenues 2008.00 2013.00 3014.00 126.00 GBP Million [+]
Tourist Arrivals 3234.00 3469.00 4043.00 540.00 Thousand [+]
Weapons Sales 1214.00 1365.00 6069.00 744.00 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 November of 2018.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
54980.00 56388.00 56388.00 1031.00 1955 - 2018 GBP Million Monthly




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