The UK has strong trading links with countries in the EU. This makes the EU an important market for the UK and also makes the UK an important market for the EU.
I’ve used the latest Overseas Trade Statistics from February 2016 as a snapshot to understand the UKs trading position with the EU. These statistics show that the UK is a net importer of goods from the EU.
In February 2016, the UK exported goods to the EU worth £11.2bn and imported goods from the EU worth £19.4bn .
Overall, in February 2016, trade with Europe accounts for 46% of exports from the UK and 55% of the imports to the UK.
What is also apparent is that UK Trade exports are almost evenly split between the EU (46%) and non-EU countries (54%)
These monthly figures are within the ranges recorded over the last 18 months where the proportion of exports from the UK to the EU has been within the range from 38% to 48% and that of imports from the EU to the UK within the range from 51% to 55%
source: https://www.uktradeinfo.com a website managed by the HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) Trade Statistics unit
Overseas Trade Statistics
According to recent (provisional) figures from UKTradeInfo , a website managed by HM Revenue & Customs, the value of exports from the UK in February 2016 was £24.1 billion with imports of £35.2 billion resulting in the UK being a net importer of goods to the value of £11.1 billion.
These figures can be split between EU and non-EU countries
non-EU exports £12.9 billion
non-EU imports £15.8 billion
which indicates the UK to be a net importer of goods from non-EU countries with imports exceeding exports by £2.9 billion
EU exports £11.2 billion
EU imports £19.4 billion
which indicates the UK to be a net importer of goods from the EU with imports exceeding exports by £8.2 billion
The figures also show that in February 2016, the proportion of exports to the EU was %46 (54% non-EU), with imports of 55% (45% non-EU).
Other figures from the HM Revenue and Customs web-site indicate that over the last 18 months the proportion of exports to the EU has been within the range from 38% to 48% and that of imports within the range from 51% to 55%
Top 5 Partners trading with the UK (Feb 2016)
Exports from the UK
- USA £3.5bn
- Germany £2.8bn
- France £1.5bn
- Netherlands £1.3bn
- Republic of Ireland £1.3bn
Imports to the UK
- Germany £5.3bn
- China £2.9bn
- USA £2.9bn
- Netherlands £2.9bn
- France £2.3bn
A summary of the UK Overseas Trade Statistic (OTS) for Febrary 2016 is available at
There also breakdowns of the actual goods being imported and exported available from the page