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Partner May  2018
Comparison (Apr 2018)
Exports: £3.0bn 

Imports: £5.9bn


            2.5%

            1.2%
Exports: £3.8bn

Imports: £3.5bn


          12.3%

           -3.0%
Exports: £2.4bn

Imports: £3.0bn


          31.4%

          13.2%
Exports: £1.8bn

Imports: £3.4bn


           -8.4% 

            5.4%
Exports: £2.0bn

Imports: £2.1bn


           -0.8%

           -6.1%

 

Commodity May 2018
Comparison (Apr 2018)
Exports: £4.3bn 

Imports: £5.0bn


            5.9% 

            0.4%
Exports: £3.5bn

Imports: £4.9bn


            5.0% 

           -0.6%
Exports: £2.7bn

Imports: £4.0bn


           10.7% 

             5.3%
Exports: £1.8bn

Imports: £3.7bn


           11.2% 

             2.6%
Exports: £2.9bn

Imports: £1.7bn


           11.1% 

          -33.0%
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E-mail: uktradeinfo@hmrc.gsi.gov.uk

 

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Overseas Trade Statistics

 
May 2018 
 
Date: 10 July 2018
 
Coverage: United Kingdom 
 
Theme: Business & Energy
 
In May 2018 the value of exports (EU and Non-EU) increased to £30.1 billion, and imports (EU and Non-EU) increased to £39.9 billion, compared with last month. Consequently the UK is a net importer this month, with imports exceeding exports by £9.8 billion.
 



 
Key Points
 
  • Total trade in goods exports for May 2018 were £30.1 billion. This was an increase of £2.1 billion (7.6 per cent) compared with last month, and an increase of £1.3 billion (4.6 per cent) compared with May 2017.
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  • Total trade in goods imports for May 2018 were £39.9 billion. This was an increase of £0.7 billion (1.8 per cent) compared with last month, but a decrease of £0.6 billion (1.4 per cent) compared with May 2017.
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  • The UK was a net importer this month, with imports exceeding exports by £9.8 billion.
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  • A breakdown of Gold trade for May 2018 is available here.
  
Further analysis is available from the tabs at the top of this release, while the full monthly commentary and aggregate data tables can be downloaded below.
  
You can also access the latest detailed data in our interactive database.
 


TitleFormatPeriodDate ReleasedView
Overseas Trade Statistics(Import)CombinedMay 201810 Jul 2018View Release
Overseas Trade Statistics(Export)CombinedMay 201810 Jul 2018View Release
Overseas Trade Statistics(Commentary)CombinedMay 201810 Jul 2018View Release
 
 
 
Date of Next Release:  10 August 2018
 
If using specific facts contained in this release please check the information is still current as it is subject to revision on a monthly basis (see below).
 
Although care is taken when processing and analysing the business returns that make up the OTS, the detail collected is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large-scale recording system. While the data published have been checked as far as is practicable, they should be regarded as approximate and not necessarily accurate to the last whole number shown in the tables. They are fit to be used for purposes such as trend analysis and for comparing the relative magnitude of components.
 
You can find further detail regarding data quality on our Quality Assurance page, and details of our revision and data suppression policies, and full OTS methodology in the Policies and Methodologies area.
 
The relationship between OTS data, the UK Balance of Payments and Eurostat’s publication of EU international trade is explained in the User Support area, which also links to other trade-in-goods data and customer information, including The User Story a presentation on how OTS data is used.
 
 
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