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Overseas Trade Statistics - Commodity and Country Analysis

 
April 2020 
 
 
Exports​​​

UK exports by top 5 commodities, April 2020
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Country to commodity:

  • The decrease in exports to the USA compared with last month was led by Motor vehicles, down £570 million (85%). The decrease on April 2019 was led by Art and antiques, and Motor vehicles, down £479 million (96%) and £422 million (81%) respectively.
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  • The decrease in exports to Germany on last month was led by Motor vehicles, down £170 million (71%).
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  • The decrease in exports to France on last month was led by Aircraft and Motor vehicles, down £162 million (66%) and £101 million (75%) respectively.
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  • The decrease in exports to China compared with April 2019 was led by Precious metals and Mineral fuels, down £581 million (89%) and £463 million (79%) respectively.
 

Commodity to country:

  • The increase in exports of Precious metals on last month was led by Switzerland and Canada, up £2,108 million (more than 2.5 times in value) and £441 million (from £10.7 million) respectively. The same countries also led the increase on April 2019, up £2,329 million (more than 3 times the value) and £445 million (from £7.4 million) respectively.
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  • The decrease in exports of Mineral fuels compared with last month was led by the Irish Republic, down £101 million (58%). The decrease on April 2019 was led by China and the USA, down £463 million (79%) and £278 million (96%) respectively.
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  • The decrease in exports of Mechanical appliances on last month was led by the USA and the UAE, down £180 million (24%) and £101 million (55%) respectively. The decrease on April 2019 was led by the USA and Turkey, down £219 million (28%) and £104 million (70%) respectively.
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Imports

 
UK imports by top 5 commodities, April 2020

Country to commodity:

  • The decreases in imports from Germany on last month and on April 2019 were dominated by Motor vehicles, down £1,300 million (79%) and £1,435 million (81%) respectively.
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  • The decreases in imports from China on last month and on March 2019 were led by Electronic equipment, down £143 million (23%) and £490 million (51%) respectively.
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  • The decreases in imports from the USA on last month and on April 2019 were led by Mechanical appliances, down £300 million (32%) and £234 million (27%) respectively.
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  • The decreases in imports from Belgium on last month and on April 2019 were dominated by Motor vehicles, down £623 million (78%) and £282 million (62%) respectively.

Commodity to country:

  • The decrease in imports of Precious metals on last month was driven by Australia, down £783 million (95%). Its increase on April 2019 was dominated by Russia, up £1,290 million (over 8 times the value).
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  • The decreases in imports of Mineral fuels on last month and on April 2019 were driven by Norway, down £317 million (46%) and £755 million (67%) respectively.
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  • The decreases in imports of Mechanical appliances on last month and on April 2019 were led by the USA, down £300 million (32%) and £234 million (27%) respectively, and Germany, down £240 million (34%) and £276 million (37%) respectively.
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