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 2019 have recently been released. (13 February 2020).
A summary is provided in a document available at
Total exports of goods for December 2019 were £30.5 billion.
Total imports of goods for December 2019 were £38.3 billion.
The UK was a net importer this month, with imports exceeding exports by £7.8 billion.
For EU trade the UK was a net importer this month, with imports exceeding exports by £5.8 billion.
For Non-EU trade the UK was a net importer this month, with imports exceeding exports by £2.0 billion.
Imports to the UK
EU Imports for December 2019 were £18.5 billion.
Non-EU Imports for December 2019 were £19.8 billion.
Germany accounted for 12.2% (£4.7bn) of the total value of imports to the UK. The USA had the second largest proportion of the total value of trade, accounting for 9.9% (£3.8bn) followed by China 8.2% (£3.2bn), the Netherlands 7.4% (£2.9bn) and France 5.5% (£2.1bn). The top five partner countries accounted for 43.2% of total UK import value this month.
Exports from the UK
EU Exports for December 2019 were £12.7 billion
Non-EU Exports for December 2019 were £17.8 billion.
The USA accounted for 18.4% (£5.6bn) per cent of the total value of goods exports from the UK. Germany had the second largest proportion, accounting for 9.1% (£2.8bn), followed by China with 6.8% (£2.1bn), France with 6.2% (£1.9bn), and the Irish Republic at 6.1% (£1.9bn). The top five export partners accounted for 46.6% 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 2019.