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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 were in the top five export commodities for both EU and non-EU countries.
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  • The increases in exports of Mechanical appliances compared with both last month and October 2016 was led by France, up £85 million (18 per cent) and £399 million (more than treble), and Japan, up £55 million (56 per cent) and £58 million (60 per cent), respectively.
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  • The rise in exports of Motor vehicles on last month was led by China and the USA, up £247 million (91 per cent) and £170 million (30 per cent), respectively. The increase on October 2016 was also led by China, up £200 million (62 per cent).
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  • The decrease in exports of Mineral fuels compared with last month was led by China, down £237 million (89 per cent).
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  • The decrease in exports to Hong Kong compared with last month was largely due to a decrease in Precious metals and Arts and antiques, down £145 million (44 per cent) and £59 million (66 per cent), respectively.
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  • The decrease in exports to Switzerland compared with last month was largely due to a decrease in Arts and antiques, down £240 million (86 per cent). However, the decrease in exports to Switzerland compared with October 2016 was largely due to Precious metals, down £441 million (82 per cent).
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  • The increase in exports to South Korea compared with last month was largely due to Mineral fuels, up £282 million (more than four times the value).
 


Imports

 


  • 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 Mechanical appliances compared with last month was led by an increase from Japan, up by £44 million (20 per cent). Germany and Japan led the increases in the commodity on October 2016, up £95 million (13 per cent) and £83 million (47 per cent) respectively.
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  • The decrease in imports of Precious metals on last month was largely due to a fall from Switzerland, down £2,031 million (86 per cent), and Hong Kong, down £294 million (91 per cent). The increase in imports of the commodity compared with October 2016 was seen across several trading partners, in particular the United States, up £306 million (76 per cent).
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  • The increase in imports of Ships, boats and floating structures on last month and October 2016 was dominated by Singapore, up £812 million (from minimal trade) on both periods.
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  • The increase in imports of Electronic equipment on last month was led by the Netherlands, up £139 million (32 per cent). The increase in the commodity on October 2016 was led by Vietnam, up £94 million (90 per cent).
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  • The fall in imports of Motor vehicles on last month was largely due to a decrease from Belgium, down £102 million (16 per cent). The rise in the commodity compared with October 2016 was led by Germany and the Netherlands, up £114 million (6.7 per cent) and £52 million (33 per cent) respectively.
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  • The decrease in imports from Norway on both periods was due to a reduction in Mineral fuels, down £206 million (16 per cent) on last month, and £94 million (7.9 per cent) compared with October 2016.
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