Imports to the UK advanced 8 percent from the previous month to GBP 50.11 billion in March of 2021, following a downwardly revised 6.8 percent rise in the prior month. Purchases of goods grew 9.9 percent and services imports increased 2.2 percent. Within goods, imports increased mostly for miscellaneous manufactures (10.1 percent); material manufactures (10.9 percent); fuels (11.3 percent) and machinery & transport equipment (5.3 percent). Also, acquisitions of unspecified goods which include precious metals such as non-monetary gold, silver, platinum and palladium jumped 453 percent. Goods imports were up to both EU countries (4.7 percent) and non-EU countries (14.9 percent). source: Office for National Statistics

Imports in the United Kingdom averaged 27327.73 GBP Million from 1955 until 2021, reaching an all time high of 64572 GBP Million in March of 2019 and a record low of 1031 GBP Million in June of 1955. This page provides - United Kingdom Imports - actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. United Kingdom Imports - data, historical chart, forecasts and calendar of releases - was last updated on May of 2021.

Imports in the United Kingdom is expected to be 47200.00 GBP Million by the end of this quarter, according to Trading Economics global macro models and analysts expectations. Looking forward, we estimate Imports in the United Kingdom to stand at 52600.00 in 12 months time. In the long-term, the United Kingdom Imports is projected to trend around 55500.00 GBP Million in 2022 and 57100.00 GBP Million in 2023, according to our econometric models.

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United Kingdom Imports

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
50113.00 46383.00 64572.00 1031.00 1955 - 2021 GBP Million Monthly


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UK Imports Surge 8% MoM in March
Imports to the UK advanced 8 percent from the previous month to GBP 50.11 billion in March of 2021, following a downwardly revised 6.8 percent rise in the prior month. Purchases of goods grew 9.9 percent and services imports increased 2.2 percent. Within goods, imports increased mostly for miscellaneous manufactures (10.1 percent); material manufactures (10.9 percent); fuels (11.3 percent) and machinery & transport equipment (5.3 percent). Also, acquisitions of unspecified goods which include precious metals such as non-monetary gold, silver, platinum and palladium jumped 453 percent. Goods imports were up to both EU countries (4.7 percent) and non-EU countries (14.9 percent).
2021-05-12
UK Imports Jump 12.9% MoM in February
Imports to the UK surged 12.9 percent from the previous month to GBP 53.3 billion in February of 2021, following a downwardly revised 13.1 percent fall in the prior month. Purchases of goods grew 17.4 percent while services imports advanced 0.6 percent. Within goods, imports increased mostly for chemicals (19.5 percent), of which medicinal and pharmaceutical products; miscellaneous manufactures (15.6 percent); material manufactures (12.9 percent), machinery & transport equipment (7.3 percent) and crude materials (18.6 percent). Also, acquisitions of unspecified goods which include precious metals such as non-monetary gold, silver, platinum and palladium jumped 119.1 percent. Goods imports were up to both EU countries (7.8 percent) and non-EU countries (25.6 percent).
2021-04-13
UK Imports Decline at Record Pace
Imports to the UK plummeted 18.5 percent from the previous month to a near ten-year low of GBP 43 billion in January of 2021, following the end of EU exit transition period and the reintroduction of COVID-19 restrictions on activity. Purchases of goods slipped 22.8 percent and acquisitions of services fell 2.4 percent. Within goods, purchases fell mostly for machinery & transport equipment (-21.9 percent), in particular cars; chemicals (-30.1 percent); material manufactures (-19.2 percent) and miscellaneous manufacturers (-28.3 percent). Also, acquisitions of unspecified goods which include precious metals such as non-monetary gold, silver, platinum and palladium tumbled 80.5 percent. Imports of goods shrank 28.9 percent from the EU and declined 15.4 percent from countries outside the EU.
2021-03-12
UK Imports Rise 0.1% to 10-Month High
Imports to the UK ticked up 0.1 percent from the previous month to a ten-month high of GBP 52.81 billion in December of 2020, following a downwardly revised 4.5 percent increase in the prior month. Purchases of goods dropped 0.2 percent while acquisitions of services advanced 0.9 percent. Within goods, purchases fell primarily for transport equipment (-1.5 percent); miscellaneous manufactures (-2.8 percent) and beverages & tobacco (-4.8 percent). Also, acquisitions of unspecified goods which include precious metals such as non-monetary gold, silver, platinum and palladium tumbled 49.4 percent. In contrast, imports advanced for fuels (27.9 percent); crude materials (11.3 percent); chemicals (5.8 percent) and material manufactures (0.8 percent). Imports of goods increased 2.7 percent from the EU while declined 3.4 percent from countries outside the EU.
2021-02-12

United Kingdom Imports
UK's trade is measured through both imports and exports of goods and services. In 2017, imports of goods accounted for 74 percent of total imports, mainly: electrical machinery (13 percent of total imports); mechanical machinery (10 percent); cars (7 percent); other miscellaneous manufactures (6 percent); medicinal and pharmaceutical products (6 percent); road vehicles other than cars (5 percent); clothing (4 percent); refined oil (4 percent); crude oil (3 percent); and scientific and photographic (3 percent). Main goods import partners were: Germany (15 percent of total imports); China and the Netherlands (9 percent each); the United States (8 percent); France (6 percent); Belgium & Luxembourg (5 percent); Norway and Italy (4 percent each); and Spain and Ireland (3 percent each). Services accounted for 26 percent of total imports.
United Kingdom Imports by Country Last Previous
European Union 19711.00 19870.00 GBP Million Feb/20
United Kingdom Imports by Category Last Previous
Non-eu 21642.19 18658.21 GBP Million Mar/21
Oil 1653.00 1461.00 GBP Million Mar/21
Pharmaceutical Products 1635.98 1518.58 GBP Million Mar/21
Plastics & Plastic Products 1284.74 1135.57 GBP Million Mar/21
Intra EU - Pharmaceutical Products 1130.51 934.44 GBP Million Mar/21
Crude Oil 958.00 750.00 GBP Million Mar/21
Miscellaneous Chemical Products 932.41 1005.72 GBP Million Mar/21
Intra EU - Plastics & Plastic Products 815.13 729.98 GBP Million Mar/21
Organic Chemicals 693.32 508.30 GBP Million Mar/21
Articles of Iron & Steel 684.70 561.27 GBP Million Mar/21
Wood & Related Articles 601.52 521.44 GBP Million Mar/21
Extra EU - Pharmaceutical Products 505.46 584.14 GBP Million Mar/21
Beverages, Spirits & Vinegar 498.00 368.96 GBP Million Mar/21
Extra EU - Plastics & Plastic Products 469.61 405.58 GBP Million Mar/21
Aircraft, Spacecraft & Related Parts 428.65 326.83 GBP Million Mar/21
Rubber & Related Articles 418.92 352.90 GBP Million Mar/21
Edible Fruit & Nuts 417.90 366.32 GBP Million Mar/21
Intra EU - Organic Chemicals 413.41 211.80 GBP Million Mar/21
Paper & Paperboard & Related Articles 407.65 368.82 GBP Million Mar/21
Intra EU - Beverages, Spirits & Vinegar 380.81 273.48 GBP Million Mar/21

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