Imports of goods and services to the UK rose 2.8 percent to GBP 56.68 billion in October 2018 from GBP 55.17 billion in the previous month. The increase was driven by a 3.5 percent jump in purchases of goods, such as machinery & transport equipment (5.4 percent), miscellaneous manufactures (4.5 percent), chemicals (7.7 percent), fuels (1.1 percent), material manufactures (5.1 percent), and food & live animals (2.6 percent). Imports of services went up 0.5 percent. Among major trading partners, imports of goods from non-EU countries went up 6 percent, as purchases increased the most from China (9.3 percent), the US (11.3 percent), Norway (32.5 percent), Japan (5.9 percent), Russia (7.4 percent) and India (7.1 percent); while those from Turkey dropped 3.2 percent. In addition, imports from the EU increased 1.4 percent, mainly from Germany (7.7 percent), Italy (4.3 percent) and Spain (2.1 percent). There was a decline in imports from Ireland (-8.5 percent) and Poland (-2 percent). Imports in the United Kingdom averaged 25452.45 GBP Million from 1955 until 2018, reaching an all time high of 57009 GBP Million in August of 2018 and a record low of 1031 GBP Million in June of 1955.

Imports in the United Kingdom is expected to be 56500.00 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 58500.00 in 12 months time. In the long-term, the United Kingdom Imports is projected to trend around 59500.00 GBP Million in 2020, according to our econometric models.

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United Kingdom Trade Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Balance of Trade -3300.00 -2331.00 2946.00 -5749.00 GBP Million [+]
Current Account -20317.00 -15692.00 2654.00 -32163.00 GBP Million [+]
Current Account to GDP -4.10 -5.80 2.60 -5.80 percent [+]
Imports 56683.00 55165.00 57009.00 1031.00 GBP Million [+]
Exports 53383.00 52834.00 53383.00 962.00 GBP Million [+]
External Debt 6382913.00 6412914.00 6428718.00 565439.00 GBP Million [+]
Capital Flows 13843.00 3074.00 42878.00 -15043.00 GBP Million [+]
Foreign Direct Investment 22199.00 -3896.00 82539.00 -44536.00 GBP Million [+]
Gold Reserves 310.30 310.30 588.27 310.25 Tonnes [+]
Crude Oil Production 842.00 915.00 2821.00 1.00 BBL/D/1K [+]
Terrorism Index 5.10 5.08 5.68 4.19 [+]
Tourism Revenues 2008.00 2013.00 3014.00 126.00 GBP Million [+]
Tourist Arrivals 3234.00 3469.00 4043.00 540.00 Thousand [+]
Weapons Sales 1214.00 1365.00 6069.00 744.00 USD Million [+]

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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. This page provides - United Kingdom Imports - actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. United Kingdom Imports - actual data, historical chart and calendar of releases - was last updated on December of 2018.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
56683.00 55165.00 57009.00 1031.00 1955 - 2018 GBP Million Monthly




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