Imports to the United Kingdom fell 3.5 percent from a month earlier to GBP 55.07 in March of 2020, the lowest since February of 2018 on the back of a 16.1 percent fall in services purchases. On the other hand, imports of goods went up 2.8 percent led by purchases of unspecified goods, which include precious metals (+97.6 percent), followed by chemicals (+10.5 percent). Imports of goods climbed 5.0 percent from countries outside the EU and those from the EU went up 0.6 percent.

Imports in the United Kingdom averaged 26857.48 GBP Million from 1955 until 2020, reaching an all time high of 65136 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 May of 2020. source: Office for National Statistics

Imports in the United Kingdom is expected to be 47400.00 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 48900.00 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
55067.00 57075.00 65136.00 1031.00 1955 - 2020 GBP Million Monthly

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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.
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).
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).
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.

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 20427.75 19556.12 GBP Million Mar/20
Oil 2838.00 3266.00 GBP Million Mar/20
Pharmaceutical Products 1781.29 1376.29 GBP Million Mar/20
Intra EU - Pharmaceutical Products 1502.45 1002.66 GBP Million Mar/20
Crude Oil 1328.00 1554.00 GBP Million Mar/20
Plastics & Plastic Products 1204.81 1073.14 GBP Million Mar/20
Intra EU - Plastics & Plastic Products 864.90 731.35 GBP Million Mar/20
Organic Chemicals 675.22 570.64 GBP Million Mar/20
Aircraft, Spacecraft & Related Parts 639.63 567.34 GBP Million Mar/20
Articles of Iron & Steel 499.17 605.87 GBP Million Mar/20
Beverages, Spirits & Vinegar 492.99 422.54 GBP Million Mar/20
Intra EU - Organic Chemicals 462.88 355.73 GBP Million Mar/20
Miscellaneous Chemical Products 460.69 350.82 GBP Million Mar/20
Paper & Paperboard & Related Articles 450.29 386.39 GBP Million Mar/20
Edible Fruit & Nuts 447.15 414.61 GBP Million Mar/20
Wood & Related Articles 439.31 404.62 GBP Million Mar/20
Meat & Edible Meat Offal 394.18 305.65 GBP Million Mar/20
Essential Oils & Resinoids Prepared 364.09 384.49 GBP Million Mar/20
Intra EU - Beverages, Spirits & Vinegar 350.40 311.81 GBP Million Mar/20
Extra EU - Plastics & Plastic Products 339.91 341.79 GBP Million Mar/20

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