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 December 2018 have recently been released. (12 February 2019)
A summary is provided in a document available at
Total trade in goods exports for December 2018 were £26.2 billion.
Total trade in goods imports for December 2018 were £39.9 billion.
The UK was a net importer this month, with imports exceeding exports by £13.7 billion.
For EU trade the UK was a net importer this month, with imports exceeding exports by £8.0 billion.
For Non-EU trade the UK was a net importer this month, with imports exceeding exports by £5.7 billion.
Imports to the UK
EU: £20.7 billion
Non-EU: £19.2 billion
Germany accounted for 12% of the total value of imports to the UK. USA had the second largest proportion of the total value of trade, accounting for 10% followed by China 9%, Netherlands 8% and France 6%. The top five partner countries accounted for 45% of total UK import value this month.
Exports from the UK
EU £12.8 billion
Non-EU £13.5 billion
The USA accounted for 14% per cent of the total value of goods exports from the UK. Germany had the second largest proportion, accounting for 10%, followed by the Netherlands with 7%, France with 7%, and the Irish Republic at 7%. The top five export partners accounted for 45% of total exports in goods this month.
Spreadsheets are available which show the figures in more detail.
The following tables contain EU and Non-EU import and export data for December 2018 at chapter level.