UK export and import in 2011: top products and trading partners

This week we examine the UK’s top trading partners including the top products traded. We’ve analysed the data using Tableau Software. Click on the charts to interact with the content.

The United States received the most British export goods last year, followed by Germany and France. The top trade partner for imports was Germany, followed by the United States and China.

Exprts across the board have shown a solid growth with the exception. Spain (-1.5%), United States (2.7%) and Saudi Arabia (4.7%) recorded the slowest growth. India (44.9%), Russia (43.1%) and Australia (29.5%) the strongest growth.

Switzerland (-7%), Canada (-5%) and Hungary (-2.9%) recorded negative import growth. Qatar had the highest growth (138%) followed by Denmark (51.8%).

The UK’s biggest export in the year to date was nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances (including parts thereof).

Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling-stock, and parts and accessories thereof ranked as both third highest import and export. In 2011 the UK exported £23bn worth and spent £32bn on importing these items.