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Overseas Trade Statistics - Commodity and Country Analysis

 
 
Exports​


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  • Mechanical appliances, Motor vehicles, Pharmaceutical products and Electronic Equipment are in the top five export commodities for both EU and non-EU countries.
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  • The increase in exports of Mechanical appliances compared with both periods was led by an increase to France, up £282 million on last month, and £298 million compared with March 2016 (a near trebling in value for both periods). Similarly, the USA saw large increases in exports of the commodity on both last month, and March 2016, up £266 million (44 per cent), and £313 million (56 per cent) respectively.
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  • The rise in exports of Motor vehicles compared with both last month, and March 2016, was dominated by increases to the USA, up £244 million (40 per cent), and £423 million (doubling in value) respectively.
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  • The decrease in exports of Precious metals compared with last month was led by Qatar, down by £493 million (a near total decrease). Conversely, a rise in exports of the commodity compared with March 2016 was largely due to Switzerland, up £667 million (up from £185 million).
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  • The increase in exports of Mineral fuels compared with March 2016 was led by an increase to China, up £346 million (up from £58.8 million).
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  • The increases in exports of Pharmaceutical products on both periods was largely due to the USA, up £118 million (18 per cent) on last month, and £197 million (34 per cent) on March 2016.
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  • The fall in exports of Cereals compared with March 2016 was largely due to Spain, down £32.0 million (93 per cent).
 


Imports

 


  • Motor vehicles, Mechanical appliances, and Electronic equipment were in the top five import commodities from both EU and non-EU countries.
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  • The rise in imports of Motor vehicles compared with last month was led by increases from Germany, up £339 million (18 per cent) and Belgium, up £303 million (57 per cent). These countries, together with Spain, also led the increase on March 2016. Germany rose by £351 million (19 per cent); Spain by £248 million (68 per cent); and Belgium by £221 million (36 per cent).
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  • The increase in imports of Mechanical appliances compared with last month was led by USA and the Netherlands, up £208 million (26 per cent) and £105 million (27 per cent) respectively. These countries also led the increase on March 2016, with the USA up £215 million (27 per cent) and the Netherlands up £143 million (41 per cent).
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  • The large decrease in Precious metals compared with March 2016 was led by imports from Switzerland, Turkey and Australia, down £1,128 million (95 per cent), £590 million (almost total) and £343 million (90 per cent) respectively.
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  • The increase in imports of Mineral fuels compared with last month was led by imports from Algeria, up £196 million (from less than £5 million) and Qatar, up £155 million (a sevenfold increase). The increase on March 2016 was led by imports from Norway, up £595 million (68 per cent).
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  • The increase in imports from the USA compared with last month was led by Aircraft, up £347 million (doubling in value), and Mechanical appliances, as mentioned above.
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