UK overseas trade in goods September 2018

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 September have recently been released. (9th November 2018)

A summary is provided in a document available at

UK overseas trade in goods statistics September 2018: commentary

Total trade in goods exports for September 2018 were £32.3 billion.

Total trade in goods imports for September 2018 were £41.6 billion.

The UK was a net importer this month, with imports exceeding exports by £9.3 billion.

For EU trade the UK was a net importer this month, with imports exceeding exports by £7.7 billion.

For Non-EU trade the UK was a net importer this month, with imports exceeding exports by £1.6 billion.

Imports to the UK

EU: £22 billion

Non-EU: £19.6 billion

Germany accounted for 13% of the total value of imports to the UK. China had the second largest proportion of the total value of trade, accounting for 10%. The top five partner countries accounted for 44% of total UK import value this month.

Exports from the UK

EU £14.3 billion

Non-EU £18 billion

The USA accounted for 13% per cent of the total value of goods exports from the UK. Germany had the second largest proportion, accounting for 9.3% The top five export partners accounted for 44% 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 September 2018 at chapter level.

UK overseas trade in goods statistics September 2018: imports

UK overseas trade in goods statistics September 2018: exports