Asymmetries

Asymmetries are the differences between the trade statistics of partner countries. As each country collects data on their own international trade-in-goods for both imports and exports, the 'mirror flow' (country A's exports to country B, and country B's imports from country A) should in theory match. In practice, the figures do not match and an 'asymmetry' for the period in question can be measured.
 
Here is a detailed overview of asymm​etries​.
  
Annual reports explaining the reconciliation of asymmetries in trade-in-goods statistics as published by the UK and other European Union Member States are available below.
 
​Date Published Report
October 2019 Asymmetries in international trade in goods statistics: UK measured against EU Member States, 2016 to 2018
May 2019​ Asymmetries in international trade in goods statistics: UK measured against its non-EU partners, 2015 to 2017
November 2018 Trade asymmetries between the UK and EU Member States, 2015 to 2017
May 2018 Asymmetries in international trade in goods statistics: UK measured against non-EU partners, 2014 to 2016
November 2017 Trade asymmetries in international trade in goods statistics published between the UK and EU Members States, 2014 to 2016
October 2016 2015 Asymmetry Report using 2014 data
March 2016 2014 Asymmetry Report using 2013 data
March 2016 2013 Asymmetry Report using 2012 data
April 2013 2012 Asymmetry Report using 2011 data
July 2012 2011 Asymmetry Report using 2010 data
October 2011


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