Trade in Goods – figures for the UK for the period 2011-2019 from HM Revenue and Customs
These tables have been incorporated into a pdf file available at
Original data available from
HMRC Website at
Accumulated figures for the UK’s Trade in Goods covering the 6 month period from September 2018 through February 2019, obtained from HM Revenue & Customs Overseas Trade in Goods Statistics.
Data shows that the strongest trading partners are Germany, China, USA, Netherlands and France (in that order) and this has remained consistent over the 6 month period.
The largest trade deficit is with Germany. The UK has imported goods from Germany worth a total of £34bn and exported goods (to Germany) worth £18.4bn. If there were trade tariffs of say an average of 10% applied to trade in goods on both exports and imports, this could cost German companies an extra £3.4bn and UK companies an extra £1.84bn in a 6 month period.
The EU trades with most countries in the world and this is worth a total of 3,513,929 Million Euro (3.5 Trillion), based on figures for 2015.
The following breakdown shows the value of the trade between the EU non-EU countries. It does not include the figures for internal trade between the 28 EU countries.
The top 10 trading partners accounted for 62.96% of the total EU trade.
2 of the top 10 countries that the EU trades with are Norway and Switzerland with a total value of € 376 Billion or 10.7% of the total trade
Figure 1 – Total EU Trade with non-EU countries (table)
Figure 2 – Total Trade with non-EU countries (chart)
Exploring these figures further shows that Imports to the EU from non-EU countries totalled 1,724,867 Million Euro (1.7 Trillion Euro). The top 10 trading partners accounted for 66.23% of the total and goods totalling € 176 Billion Euro, or 10.24% of the total goods imported came from Norway and Switzerland.
Figure 3 – Total Imports to the EU from non-EU countries (table)
Figure 4 – Total Imports to the EU from non-EU countries (chart)
Exports from the EU to non-EU countries totalled €1,789,063 Million Euro (€1.8 Trillion Euro). The top 10 trading partners accounted for 66.23% of the total and goods totalling almost €200 Billion Euro, or 11.16% of the total were exported to Norway and Switzerland
Figure 5 – Total Exports from the EU to non-EU countries (table)
Figure 6 – Total Exports from the EU to non-EU countries (chart)