Regional Trade Statistics Latest Release
Date: 06 March 2014
Coverage: United Kingdom
·The graph below shows the total value of the UK’s import and export trade in goods for the annual period ending December 2013. In the year to December 2013, there was a fall in annual export value in the North East, the North West, the East, London and the South East; the value of exports rose in the remaining UK regions. There was a fall in annual import value during the year in the North East, the West Midlands, the South East, London and Wales, with a rise in the remaining six regions. Of the four UK countries, Wales had the highest rate of increase for exports, while Northern Ireland had the highest growth rate for imports.
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- The value of UK exports increased in Quarter 4 2013 compared with Quarter 4 2012, while imports decreased. The value of exports rose for Wales and Northern Ireland but fell for England and Scotland between Quarter 4 2012 and Quarter 4 2013; the value of imports rose for all UK countries except England. Exports decreased in the North West, the East, London and the South East, but increased in all other English regions. Imports increased in Yorkshire & the Humber, the East Midlands, the East and the South West but decreased in all other English regions.
- The number of exporters fell between Quarter 4 2012 and Quarter 4 2013 in all UK regions apart from Yorkshire & the Humber, the East Midlands, London and Wales. The number of importers decreased in all UK regions.
- For England, the value of exports to China increased most in the year ending December 2013; for Wales exports to the United Arab Emirates increased the most; for Scotland exports to Belgium increased the most, while for Northern Ireland exports to the Irish Republic increased most. For imports, the largest increases were in goods from the Germany (England), Qatar (Scotland), China (Wales) and the Irish Republic (Northern Ireland).
- For exports, the commodity groups with the largest annual value increases were ‘Road vehicles’ (England) ‘Petroleum, petroleum products & related materials’ (Scotland), ‘Power generating machinery & equipment’ (Wales) and ‘Medicinal and pharmaceutical products’ (Northern Ireland).
- For imports, the commodity groups with the largest annual value increases were ‘Road vehicles’ (England and Wales), ‘Other transport equipment’ (Scotland) and ‘General industrial machinery & equipment’ (Northern Ireland).