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).

Imports in the United Kingdom averaged 26586.12 GBP Million from 1955 until 2019, reaching an all time high of 65001 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 2020, according to our econometric models.


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United Kingdom Imports

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
55804.00 60529.00 65001.00 1031.00 1955 - 2019 GBP Million Monthly

News Stream
2019-12-10
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.

2019-11-11
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).

2019-10-10
UK Imports Increase 0.6% in August
Imports of goods and services to the UK advanced 0.6 percent from a month earlier to GBP 57.04 billion in August 2019, following a 3.5 percent surge in July, mainly boosted by a 2 percent climb in services imports. Meanwhile, goods purchases edged up 0.1 percent, as an increase in imports of food (3.5 percent) and machinery & transport equipment (4.1 percent) offset a decline in fuels (-10.2 percent), chemicals (-4 percent), material manufactures (-1.2 percent) and miscellaneous manufactures (-0.5 percent). Among major trading partners, imports of goods from the EU advanced 1 percent, boosted by increases in purchases from Germany (2.2 percent), France (8.6 percent), Belgium (5.5 percent), Italy (0.1 percent), Spain (2.8 percent) and Ireland (4.5 percent). Meanwhile, purchases from non-EU countries slumped 1 percent, due to purchases from China (-4.1 percent), Norway (-3.9 percent), Japan (-6.6 percent), Turkey (-15.8 percent) and India (-23.7 percent).

2019-09-09
UK Imports Grow 2.7% MoM in July
Imports to the UK advanced 2.7 percent from a month earlier to GBP 55.30 billion in July 2019, the first gain in four months and the highest since January, following a downwardly revised 2.5 percent decrease. Purchases of goods went up 3.3 percent to GBP 41.19 billion, mainly driven by machinery and transport equipment (3.7 percent); miscellaneous manufactures (2.5 percent); chemicals (11 percent); fuels (3.6 percent); food & live animals (4.3 percent) and crude materials (12.3 percent). In contrast, lower acquisitions were recorded for material manufactures (-5.9 percent). At the same time, services imports rose 1.2 percent, the most in eight months, following a 0.3 percent gain in the prior month. Among major trading partners, imports of goods from non EU-countries jumped 5.6 percent and the ones from the EU grew 1.3 percent.

2019-08-09
UK Imports Fall for 3th Straight Month
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%).

2019-07-10
UK Imports Drop for 2nd Consecutive Month
Imports of goods and services to the UK fell 0.2 percent from a month earlier to GBP 56.71 billion in May 2019, the second consecutive month of decline, as goods purchases dropped 0.6 percent, due to food & live animals (-2 percent), crude materials (-2.6 percent), and unspecified goods (-53.9 percent). On the other hand, increases were recorded in imports of fuels (19.9 percent), machinery & transport equipment (2.4 percent), chemicals (3.8 percent). Imports of goods from the EU advanced 0.8 percent, as increases in purchases from Italy (0.9 percent), Spain (2.2 percent), Ireland (3.6 percent) were partially offset by declines in imports from Germany (-3.1 percent), the Netherlands (-5.7 percent), France (-0.3 percent), and Belgium (-3.9 percent). Meanwhile, purchases from non-EU countries slumped 2 percent, due to purchases from Canada (-45.2 percent), Russia (-35.6 percent). Still, imports grew from China (3.5 percent), the US (1.3 percent) and Turkey (5.6 percent).


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 Trade Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Balance of Trade 4031.00 -1337.00 4031.00 -8145.00 GBP Million [+]
Current Account -15860.00 -24152.00 2668.00 -37392.00 GBP Million [+]
Current Account to GDP -4.30 -3.50 2.60 -5.20 percent [+]
Imports 55804.00 60529.00 65001.00 1031.00 GBP Million [+]
Exports 59835.00 59192.00 59835.00 962.00 GBP Million [+]
External Debt 6940251.00 6692718.00 6940251.00 565439.00 GBP Million [+]
Capital Flows 35873.00 20873.00 40826.00 -12724.00 GBP Million [+]
Foreign Direct Investment 15164.00 25425.00 92093.00 -44536.00 GBP Million [+]
Gold Reserves 310.29 310.29 588.27 310.25 Tonnes [+]
Crude Oil Production 1044.00 960.00 2821.00 1.00 BBL/D/1K [+]
Terrorism Index 5.41 5.61 5.68 4.19 [+]
Tourism Revenues 2320.00 2390.00 3120.00 126.00 GBP Million [+]
Tourist Arrivals 3430.00 3140.00 4120.00 540.00 Thousand [+]
Goods Trade Balance -5256.00 -10947.00 775.00 -16867.00 GBP Million [+]
Weapons Sales 741.00 1235.00 5966.00 741.00 USD Million [+]

United Kingdom Imports by Country Last Previous
European Union 20279.00 23363.00 GBP Million Nov/19
United Kingdom Imports by Category Last Previous
Non-eu 22831.39 27681.44 GBP Million Nov/19
Oil 3255.00 3921.00 GBP Million Nov/19
Pharmaceutical Products 1622.06 2197.53 GBP Million Nov/19
Crude Oil 1586.00 2082.00 GBP Million Nov/19
Intra EU - Pharmaceutical Products 1310.72 1803.82 GBP Million Nov/19
Plastics & Plastic Products 1100.99 1404.55 GBP Million Nov/19
Aircraft, Spacecraft & Related Parts 799.05 750.58 GBP Million Nov/19
Intra EU - Plastics & Plastic Products 724.15 974.14 GBP Million Nov/19
Articles of Iron & Steel 649.56 699.04 GBP Million Nov/19
Beverages, Spirits & Vinegar 544.53 706.71 GBP Million Nov/19
Organic Chemicals 533.15 755.79 GBP Million Nov/19
Wood & Related Articles 478.81 506.72 GBP Million Nov/19
Paper & Paperboard & Related Articles 477.05 555.87 GBP Million Nov/19
Intra EU - Articles of Iron & Steel 414.04 416.96 GBP Million Nov/19
Essential Oils & Resinoids Prepared 413.39 555.72 GBP Million Nov/19
Intra EU - Beverages, Spirits & Vinegar 411.17 543.26 GBP Million Nov/19
Edible Fruit & Nuts 402.61 418.88 GBP Million Nov/19
Extra EU - Plastics & Plastic Products 376.84 430.42 GBP Million Nov/19
Meat & Edible Meat Offal 355.98 374.12 GBP Million Nov/19
Intra EU - Organic Chemicals 354.81 529.65 GBP Million Nov/19

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