United Kingdom Imports  1955-2017 | Data | Chart | Calendar | Forecast

Imports to the United Kingdom rose by 1.7 percent from the previous month to a record high of £52.1 billion in December 2016, due to higher purchases of material manufactures, including non-ferrous metals, iron and steel; machinery; road vehicles other than cars; and miscellaneous finished manufactures, including jewellery. Meanwhile, imports of oil and chemicals fell. Imports rose mainly from China (3.4 percent), France (12.9 percent) and Italy (7.6 percent). Considering 2016 full year, imports went up by 6.4 percent to £582.3 billion from £547.2 billion in 2015, mainly due to higher imports of goods, with 61.2 percent of this rise coming from EU countries. Imports in the United Kingdom averaged 24036.55 GBP Million from 1955 until 2016, reaching an all time high of 52126 GBP Million in December of 2016 and a record low of 1031 GBP Million in June of 1955.

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United Kingdom Trade Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Balance of Trade -3304.00 -3559.00 2946.00 -6058.00 GBP Million [+]
Exports 48822.00 47687.00 48822.00 962.00 GBP Million [+]
Imports 52126.00 51246.00 52126.00 1031.00 GBP Million [+]
Current Account -25494.00 -22079.00 2657.00 -26298.00 GBP Million [+]
Current Account to GDP -5.20 -5.10 2.60 -5.20 percent [+]
External Debt 6176450.00 5955263.00 6428718.00 565439.00 GBP Million [+]
Terms of Trade 101.10 101.10 107.60 80.10 Index Points [+]
Capital Flows 22430.00 22018.00 35319.00 -10498.00 GBP Million [+]
Foreign Direct Investment 25292.00 28994.00 82539.00 -44536.00 GBP Million [+]
Gold Reserves 310.29 310.29 588.27 310.25 Tonnes [+]
Crude Oil Production 978.00 1014.00 2821.00 1.00 BBL/D/1K [+]
Terrorism Index 5.08 5.61 5.68 4.19 [+]
Tourism Revenues 1760.00 1700.00 2669.00 126.00 GBP Million [+]
Tourist Arrivals 2860.00 3100.00 3800.00 540.00 Thousand [+]
Weapons Sales 1214.00 1644.00 6069.00 744.00 USD Million [+]


United Kingdom Imports by Country Last
European Union 21297.00 GBP Million Sep/16
United Kingdom Imports by Category Last
Non-eu 23634.95 GBP Million Sep/16
Pearls, Precious Stones & Metals & Coi 6959.73 GBP Million Sep/16
Extra EU - Pearls, Precious Stones & M 6419.00 GBP Million Sep/16
Vehicles Not Railway, Tram, Parts & Ac 5330.83 GBP Million Sep/16
Nuclear Reactors, Boilers, Mach. & Rel 4847.72 GBP Million Sep/16
Intra EU - Vehicles Not Railway & Tram 4521.50 GBP Million Sep/16
Electrical Machinery & Equipment & Rel 4003.42 GBP Million Sep/16
Mineral Fuels & Oils & Distillation Pr 2669.21 GBP Million Sep/16
Oil 2562.00 GBP Million Sep/16
Intra EU - Nuclear Reactors, Boilers, 2490.31 GBP Million Sep/16
Extra EU - Nuclear Reactors, Boilers, 2357.40 GBP Million Sep/16
Pharmaceutical Products 2122.69 GBP Million Sep/16
Extra EU - Electrical Mach. & Equipmen 2036.35 GBP Million Sep/16
Extra EU - Mineral Fuels & Oils & Dist 2007.66 GBP Million Sep/16
Intra EU - Electrical Machinery & Eqp. 1967.07 GBP Million Sep/16
Intra EU - Pharmaceutical Products 1617.13 GBP Million Sep/16
Aircraft, Spacecraft & Related Parts 1217.49 GBP Million Sep/16
Plastics & Plastic Products 1163.30 GBP Million Sep/16
Crude Oil 1145.00 GBP Million Sep/16
Optical, Photo & Cinema Graphics & Rel 1107.91 GBP Million Sep/16

United Kingdom Imports Notes

UK's trade is measured through both imports and exports of goods and services. In 2016, imports of goods accounted for 75 percent of total imports, mainly electrical machinery (13 percent), mechanical machinery (9 percent), cars (8 percent), other miscellaneous manufactures (6 percent), medicinal and pharmaceutical products (6 percent), road vehicles other than cars (5 percent), clothing (4 percent) and refined oil (4 percent). Main goods import partners were: Germany (15 percent), China (9 percent), the United States (8 percent), the Netherlands (8 percent) and France (6 percent). Services accounted for 25 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 February of 2017.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
52126.00 51246.00 52126.00 1031.00 1955 - 2016 GBP Million Monthly