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Overseas Trade Statistics - Commodity and Country Analysis

 
 
Exports​


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  • This month, the top five export commodities are the same for both EU and non-EU countries, but in a slightly different order.
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  • The decrease in exports of Motor vehicles compared with last month was led by the USA, Belgium and Germany, down £215 million (25 per cent); £122 million (39 per cent) and £111 million (27 per cent) respectively.
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  • The fall in exports of Aircraft compared with last month was led by decreases to Saudi Arabia, down £160 million (93 per cent), and France, down £130 million (31 per cent). The decrease on April 2016 was dominated by a fall to the USA of £297 million (67 per cent.
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  • The decrease in exports of Mechanical appliances compared with last month was led by the USA, down by £170 million (20 per cent). Conversely, a rise in exports of the commodity compared with April 2016 was largely due to France, up £266 million (nearly trebling in value).
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  • The fall in exports of Precious metals compared with last month was led by a decrease to Switzerland, down £688 million (81 per cent). In contrast, the increase on April 2016 was led by exports to Turkey, up £139 million, from less than £1 million.
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  • The increase in exports to China on both periods was largely due to Mineral fuels, up £184 million (45 per cent) on last month, and £505 million (almost sevenfold) on April 2016.
 


Imports

 


  • The ordering of the top five commodity groups has changed slightly compared with last month. Mechanical appliances rose to first from second place. Precious metals dropped from first to fourth place when compared with April 2016.
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  • Mechanical appliances was the top import commodity by value, accounting for a 12 per cent share of the total imports. However, it showed the second largest decrease compared with both last month, down £1,353 million (23 per cent), and with April 2016, down £452 million (9.2 per cent).
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  • Motor vehicles showed the largest decrease in imports compared with last month, down £1,858 million (30 per cent). It showed the third highest decrease on April 2016, down £321 million (6.9 per cent).
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  • Mineral fuels decreased by £770 million (21 per cent), the third largest decrease compared with last month. In contrast, it showed the highest increase compared with April 2016, up £709 million (33 per cent).
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  • Precious metals imports decreased by £89 million (2.8 per cent) compared with last month. It also had the largest decrease compared with April 2016, down £3,019 million (50 per cent), falling from first to fourth place.
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  • Imports of Aircraft (in seventh place) experienced the largest increase compared with last month, up £94 million (7.6 per cent).
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  • The top five import commodities accounted for 48 per cent of total UK trade imports for this month, down from 52 per cent in April 2016
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