Top UK Imports from the World
In 2019, United Kingdom bought US$689.6 billion worth of imported products up by 9.4% since 2015 and up by 3% from 2018 to 2019.
Top 10 UK Imports from Germany

Germany's exports to UK amounted to
$84.3 billion or 12.2% of its overall imports.

  1. Vehicles: $25.5 billion
  2. Machinery: $12.4 billion
  3. Electronic equipment: $5.6 billion
  4. Plastics: $3.8 billion
  5. Pharmaceuticals: $3.8 billion
  6. Medical, technical equipment: $2.9 billion
  7. Gems, precious metals: $2.9 billion
  8. Aircraft, spacecraft: $1.5 billion
  9. Aluminum: $1.4 billion
10. Iron or steel products: $1.3 billion
Top 10 UK Imports from the US

America's exports to UK amounted to
$69.4 billion or 10.1% of its overall imports.

  1. Machinery: $18.9 billion
  2. Gems, precious metals: $13.2 billion
  3. Mineral fuels including oil: $7.2 billion
  4. Electronic equipment: $4.8 billion
  5. Medical, technical equipment: $3.5 billion
  6. Aircraft, spacecraft: $3.3 billion
  7. Pharmaceuticals: $2.3 billion
  8. Collector items, art, antiques: $1.7 billion
  9. Plastics: $1.4 billion
10. Wood: $1.3 billion
Top 10 UK Imports from China

China's exports to UK amounted to
$64.8 billion or 9.4% of its overall imports.

  1. Electronic equipment: $17.4 billion
  2. Machinery: $12.1 billion
  3. Furniture, lighting, signs: $4.4 billion
  4. Toys, games: $3.6 billion
  5. Clothing (not knit or crochet): $2.2 billion
  6. Plastics: $2 billion
  7. Knit or crochet clothing: $2 billion
  8. Iron or steel products: $1.7 billion
  9. Medical, technical equipment: $1.6 billion
10. Footwear: $1.3 billion
Top 10 UK Imports from the Netherlands

Dutch exports to UK amounted to
$53.9 billion or 7.8% of its overall imports.

  1. Machinery: $7.2 billion
  2. Electronic equipment: $6.6 billion
  3. Pharmaceuticals: $6.4 billion
  4. Mineral fuels including oil: $4.1 billion
  5. Vehicles: $4 billion
  6. Medical, technical equipment: $2.6 billion
  7. Organic chemicals: $2.3 billion
  8. Plastics: $1.8 billion
  9. Other chemical goods: $1.2 billion
10. Live trees and plants: $1.1 billion
Top 10 UK Imports from France

France's exports to UK amounted to
$37.8 billion or 5.5% of its overall imports.

  1. Vehicles: $5.1 billion
  2. Machinery: $3.3 billion
  3. Gems, precious metals: $2.9 billion
  4. Aircraft, spacecraft: $2.9 billion
  5. Beverages: $2 billion
  6. Electronic equipment: $1.9 billion
  7. Pharmaceuticals: $1.5 billion
  8. Plastics: $1.4 billion
  9. Perfumes, cosmetics: $1.3 billion
10. Mineral fuels including oil: $1.3 billion
Top 10 UK Imports from Belgium

Belgium's exports to UK amounted to
$32.1 billion or 4.7% of its overall imports.

  1. Vehicles: $9 billion
  2. Pharmaceuticals: $3.5 billion
  3. Plastics: $2 billion
  4. Mineral fuels including oil: $1.9 billion
  5. Machinery: $1.5 billion
  6. Electronic equipment: $950.3 million
  7. Medical, technical equipment: $948.9 million
  8. Organic chemicals: $808.9 million
  9. Gems, precious metals: $741.7 million
10. Iron and steel: $740.9 million
Top 10 UK Imports from Italy

Italy's exports to UK amounted to
$25.4 billion or 3.7% of its overall imports.

  1. Machinery: $4 billion
  2. Vehicles: $2.7 billion
  3. Pharmaceuticals: $1.7 billion
  4. Beverages: $1.2 billion
  5. Electronic equipment: $1.1 billion
  6. Furniture, lighting, signs: $1 billion
  7. Clothing (not knit or crochet): $971.6 million
  8. Plastics: $868.1 million
  9. Knit or crochet clothing: $806.6 million
10. Footwear: $770.3 million
Top 10 UK Imports from Switzerland

Switzerland's exports to UK amounted to
$25 billion or 3.6% of its overall imports.

  1. Gems, precious metals: $19.4 billion
  2. Pharmaceuticals: $1.5 billion
  3. Clocks, watches: $982.9 million
  4. Machinery: $664.7 million
  5. Collector items, art, antiques: $620.4 million
  6. Medical, technical equipment: $296 million
  7. Electronic equipment: $271 million
  8. Organic chemicals: $202.1 million
  9. Perfumes, cosmetics: $118.6 million
10. Plastics: $86.2 million
Top 10 UK Imports from Spain

Spain's exports to UK amounted to
$21.1 billion or 3.1% of its overall imports.

  1. Vehicles: $6.1 billion
  2. Vegetables: $1.1 billion
  3. Fruits, nuts: $1.1 billion
  4. Electronic equipment: $944.5 million
  5. Gems, precious metals: $893.9 million
  6. Machinery: $871.5 million
  7. Railway, tram equipment: $739 million
  8. Pharmaceuticals: $661.2 million
  9. Iron and steel: $548.9 million
10. Plastics: $514 million
Top 10 UK Imports from UK

Norway's exports to UK amounted to
$19.9 billion or 2.9% of its overall imports.

  1. Mineral fuels including oil: $17.1 billion
  2. Machinery: $382.9 million
  3. Zinc: $246.1 million
  4. Ships, boats: $190.6 million
  5. Gems, precious metals: $182.8 million
  6. Medical, technical equipment: $176.8 million
  7. Fish: $169.1 million
  8. Electronic equipment: $157.1 million
  9. Paper: $149.3 million
10. Organic chemicals: $127.7 million
Top 10 UK Imports from Ireland

Ireland's exports to UK amounted to
$17.6 billion or 2.6% of its overall imports.

  1. Pharmaceuticals: $2.8 billion
  2. Meat: $1.4 billion
  3. Machinery: $1.3 billion
  4. Electronic equipment: $1.3 billion
  5. Dairy, eggs, honey: $1 billion
  6. Organic chemicals: $697.3 million
  7. Meat, seafood preparations: $643 million
  8. Perfumes, cosmetics: $587.6 million
  9. Mineral fuels including oil: $562.8 million
10. Plastics: $556.7 million
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Research Note: 
Import numbers rarely match the source exporters’ stats. Reasons for import-export statistical discrepancies include re-exports, time lags, misallocations, distinct trade reporting systems, different quantity measurements and country confidentiality rules. Also, transportation and insurance costs are sometimes added to import totals.
Data source: Trade Map, International Trade Centre, www.intracen.org/marketanalysis

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