UK overseas trade in goods statistics: March 2022

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EU and non-EU trade in goods

EU trade in goods

In March 2022: 

  • EU exports were £17.7bn: 
    • up by £2.6bn (18%) compared with February 2022 
    • up by £3.3bn (23%) compared with March 2021 
  • EU imports were £29.1bn: 
    • up by £5.5bn (23%) compared with February 2022 
    • up by £8.8bn (43%) compared with March 2021 
  • for EU trade, the UK was a net importer, with imports exceeding exports by £11.4bn 

Non-EU trade in goods

In March 2022: 

  • Non-EU exports were £16.1bn: 
    • up by £1.6bn (11%) compared with February 2022 
    • down by £4.3bn (21%) compared with March 2021 
  • Non-EU imports were £32.1bn: 
    • up by £6.3bn (24%) compared with February 2022 
    • up by £10.5bn (48%) compared with March 2021 
  • for non-EU trade, the UK was a net importer, with imports exceeding exports by £16.0bn 

Top trading partners

Top 5 trading partners by combined exports and imports value

Country

Exports value
(£ billion)

Change since February
2022 (%) 

Imports value 
(£ billion) 

Change since February
2022 (%) 

Germany

3.8

45.9

6.8

16.1

USA

4.2

24.4

5.9

30.3

Netherlands

2.7

17.7

4.8

30.8

China

1.3

12.1

5.4

11.8

Norway

0.2

-25.5

5.1

54.6

Exports: top 5 trading partners

Country 

Value (£ billion) 

Change since
February 2022 (%) 

USA 

4.2

24.4 

Germany 

3.8

45.9 

Netherlands 

2.7

17.7 

Ireland 

2.5

3.0 

France 

2.1

8.6 

Imports: top 5 trading partners

Country 

Value (£ billion) 

Change since
February 2022 (%) 

Germany 

 6.8

16.1 

USA 

 5.9

30.3 

China 

 5.4

11.8 

Norway 

 5.1

54.6 

Netherlands 

 4.8

30.8 

Top traded commodities

Top 5 commodities by combined exports and imports value

Commodity

Exports value
(£ billion)

Change since
February
2022 (%)

Imports value
(£ billion)

Change since
February
2022 (%)

Mineral fuels

4.1

71.8

10.8

39.9

Mechanical appliances

5.0

12.4

6.2

23.7

Motor vehicles

2.9

18.2

6.7

21.0

Precious metals

3.6

8.9

5.0

19.3

Electronic equipment

1.9

10.4

4.5

25.8

Top 5 exported commodities

Commodity

Value (£ billion)

Change since
February 2022 (%)

Mechanical appliances

5.0

12.4

Mineral fuels

4.1

71.8

Precious metals

3.6

8.9

Motor vehicles

2.9

18.2

Pharmaceutical products

2.0

17.7

Top 5 imported commodities

Commodity

Value (£ billion)

Change since
February 2022 (%)

Mineral fuels

10.8

39.9

Motor vehicles

6.7

21.0

Mechanical appliances

6.2

23.7

Precious metals

5.0

19.3

Electronic equipment

4.5

25.8

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