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UK Overseas Trade in Goods, August 2021

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) collects the UK’s international trade in goods data for Non-EU and EU trade with the UK. These are published on a monthly basis and figures for August were released on 13 October 2021.

UK overseas trade in goods statistics: August 2021

A summary document is available at:

UK Overseas Trade in Goods Statistics Commentary: August 2021


Summary

Total exports of goods for August 2021 were £24.0 billion. This was down £2.9 billion (11%) compared with last month.

Total imports of goods for August 2021 were £39.6 billion. This was down £2.6 billion (6.3%) compared with last month.

The UK was a net importer this month, with imports exceeding exports by £15.7 billion.

For EU trade the UK was a net importer this month, with imports exceeding exports by £5.4 billion.

For Non-EU trade the UK was a net importer this month, with imports exceeding exports by £10.2 billion.


Exports from the UK

EU Exports for August 2021 were £11.6 billion This was an decrease of £1.5 billion (11%) on last month.

Non-EU Exports for August 2021 were £12.4 billion. This was an decrease of £1.4 billion (9.9%) on last month.

The USA accounted for 13.5% (£3.2bn) per cent of the total value of goods exports from the UK. Germany had the second largest proportion accounting for 9.2% (£2.2bn) followed by the Netherlands with 8.5% (£2.0bn), the Republic of Ireland with 6.6% (£1.6bn) and France with 5.8% (£1.4bn). The top five export partners accounted for 43.6% of total exports in goods in August 2021.


Imports to the UK

EU Imports for August 2021 were £17.0 billion. This was an decrease of £2.0 billion (11%) on last month

Non-EU Imports for August 2021 were £22.6 billion. This was an decrease of £0.6 billion (2.6%) on last month.

China accounted for 12.9% (£5.1bn) of the total value of imports to the UK. Germany had the second largest proportion of the total value of trade, accounting for 10.4% (£4.1bn) followed by the USA 9.0% (£3.5bn) then the Netherlands 6.1% (£2.4bn) and Belgium 4.7% (£1.9bn). The top five import partner countries accounted for 43.1% of the total value of goods imported in August 2021.


Data

Spreadsheets are available which show the figures in more detail.

UK overseas trade in goods statistics August 2021: import and export data

The following tables contain EU and Non-EU import and export data for August 2021.

UK overseas trade in goods statistics August 2021: imports

UK overseas trade in goods statistics August 2021: exports