UK overseas trade in goods statistics: February 2021

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EU and non-EU trade in goods

EU trade in goods

In February 2021:

  • EU exports were £11.9bn:
    • up by £4.3bn (56%) compared with January 2021
    • down by £1.6bn (12%) compared with February 2020
  • EU imports were £16.6bn:
    • up by £1.8bn (12%) compared with January 2021
    • down by £2.9bn (15%) compared with February 2020
  • for EU trade, the UK was a net importer, with imports exceeding exports by £4.7bn

Non-EU trade in goods

In February 2021:

  • Non-EU exports were £14.9bn:
    • up by £1.5bn (11%) compared with January 2021
    • up by £1.0bn (6.9%) compared with February 2020
  • Non-EU imports were £18.7bn:
    • down by £1.7bn (8.5%) compared with January 2021
    • down by £0.9bn (4.6%) compared with February 2020
  • for non-EU trade, the UK was a net importer, with imports exceeding exports by £3.7bn

Top trading partners

Top 5 trading partners by combined exports and imports value

Country

Exports value
(£ billion)

Change since
January
2021 (%)

Imports value
(£ billion)

Change
since
January
2021 (%)

Germany

2.3

43.9

4.3

22.0

USA

3.4

4.1

3.2

2.2

China

1.0

-19.7

5.0

4.3

Netherlands

1.9

56.5

2.3

0.4

Switzerland

3.1

126.2

0.7

-2.1

Exports: top 5 trading partners

Country

Value (£ billion)

Change since
January 2021 (%)

USA

3.4

4.1

Switzerland

3.1

126.2

Germany

2.3

43.9

Netherlands

1.9

56.5

France

1.5

64.3

Imports: top 5 trading partners

Country

Value (£ billion)

Change since
January 2021 (%)

China

5.0

4.3

Germany

 4.3

22.0

USA

 3.2

2.2

Netherlands

 2.3

0.4

Belgium

 1.6

20.0

Top traded commodities

Top 5 commodities by combined exports and imports value

Commodity

Exports value
(£ billion)

Change    since
January
2021 (%)

Imports value
(£ billion)

Change  since January
2021  (%)

Precious metals

4.6

76.5

3.6

-28.8

Mechanical appliances

3.6

13.4

4.5

8.8

Motor vehicles

2.9

45.2

3.5

21.4

Electronic equipment

1.5

18.8

3.3

-7.0

Mineral fuels

1.4

-5.2

2.5

-22.0

Top 5 exported commodities

Commodity

Value (£ billion)

Change since
January 2021 (%)

Precious metals

 4.6

76.5

Mechanical appliances

 3.6

13.4

Motor vehicles

 2.9

45.2

Pharmaceutical products

 1.5

47.7

Electronic equipment

 1.5

18.8

Top 5 imported commodities

Commodity

Value (£ billion)

Change since
January 2021 (%)

Mechanical appliances

4.5

8.8

Precious metals

3.6

-28.8

Motor vehicles

3.5

21.4

Electronic equipment

3.3

-7.0

Mineral fuels

2.5

-22.0

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