Top UK Imports from the World
In 2017, United Kingdom bought US$644.1 billion worth of imported products down by -2% since 2013 and up by 1.2% from 2016 to 2017.
Top 10 UK Imports from Germany

Germany's exports to the UK amounted to
$88.2 billion or 13.7% of its overall imports.

  1. Vehicles: $27.2 billion
  2. Machinery: $12.4 billion
  3. Electronic equipment: $5.8 billion
  4. Pharmaceuticals: $5.4 billion
  5. Plastics: $3.9 billion
  6. Medical, technical equipment: $2.8 billion
  7. Gems, precious metals: $2.3 billion
  8. Iron or steel products: $1.7 billion
  9. Aluminum: $1.6 billion
10. Aircraft, spacecraft: $1.3 billion
Top 10 UK Imports from the US

America's exports to the UK amounted to
$60.8 billion or 9.4% of its overall imports.

  1. Machinery: $19 billion
  2. Aircraft, spacecraft: $7.5 billion
  3. Gems, precious metals: $5.9 billion
  4. Electronic equipment: $4.5 billion
  5. Medical, technical equipment: $3.2 billion
  6. Mineral fuels including oil: $3.2 billion
  7. Pharmaceuticals: $2.1 billion
  8. Collector items, art, antiques: $1.4 billion
  9. Plastics: $1.3 billion
10. Wood: $1 billion
Top 10 UK Imports from China

China's exports to the UK amounted to
$59.5 billion or 9.2% of its overall imports.

  1. Electronic equipment: $14.8 billion
  2. Machinery: $10 billion
  3. Furniture, lighting, signs: $4.3 billion
  4. Toys, games: $3.8 billion
  5. Clothing (not knit or crochet): $2.5 billion
  6. Knit or crochet clothing: $2.3 billion
  7. Plastics: $1.8 billion
  8. Footwear: $1.6 billion
  9. Iron or steel products: $1.6 billion
10. Medical, technical equipment: $1.3 billion
Top 10 UK Imports from the Netherlands

Dutch exports to the UK amounted to
$51.6 billion or 8% of its overall imports.

  1. Pharmaceuticals: $7.4 billion
  2. Electronic equipment: $7 billion
  3. Machinery: $6.4 billion
  4. Mineral fuels including oil: $4.2 billion
  5. Vehicles: $2.7 billion
  6. Medical, technical equipment: $2.1 billion
  7. Plastics: $1.9 billion
  8. Organic chemicals: $1.6 billion
  9. Live trees and plants: $1.2 billion
10. Meat: $1.2 billion
Top 10 UK Imports from France

France's exports to the UK amounted to
$34.4 billion or 5.3% of its overall imports.

  1. Vehicles: $4.6 billion
  2. Machinery: $3.5 billion
  3. Electronic equipment: $2.1 billion
  4. Beverages: $1.9 billion
  5. Pharmaceuticals: $1.6 billion
  6. Gems, precious metals: $1.6 billion
  7. Plastics: $1.5 billion
  8. Mineral fuels including oil: $1.4 billion
  9. Perfumes, cosmetics: $1.2 billion
10. Aircraft, spacecraft: $968.3 million
Top 10 UK Imports from Belgium

Belgium's exports to the UK amounted to
$32.1 billion or 5% of its overall imports.

  1. Vehicles: $8.6 billion
  2. Pharmaceuticals: $3.6 billion
  3. Plastics: $2.1 billion
  4. Mineral fuels including oil: $2.1 billion
  5. Machinery: $1.5 billion
  6. Medical, technical equipment: $1.1 billion
  7. Organic chemicals: $1.1 billion
  8. Electronic equipment: $1 billion
  9. Iron and steel: $588.1 million
10. Footwear: $585.6 million
Top 10 UK Imports from Italy

Italy's exports to the UK amounted to
$24.2 billion or 3.7% of its overall imports.

  1. Machinery: $3.9 billion
  2. Vehicles: $2.7 billion
  3. Pharmaceuticals: $1.5 billion
  4. Electronic equipment: $1.3 billion
  5. Beverages: $1.1 billion
  6. Furniture, lighting, signs: $955.1 million
  7. Plastics: $831.4 million
  8. Clothing (not knit or crochet): $750.1 million
  9. Footwear: $706.3 million
10. Iron or steel products: $671.3 million
Top 10 UK Imports from Norway

Norway's exports to the UK amounted to
$23.5 billion or 3.6% of its overall imports.

  1. Mineral fuels including oil: $20.9 billion
  2. Machinery: $321.1 million
  3. Ships, boats: $298.3 million
  4. Organic chemicals: $230 million
  5. Zinc: $219.1 million
  6. Medical, technical equipment: $147.4 million
  7. Electronic equipment: $138.2 million
  8. Paper: $123.7 million
  9. Fish: $116.3 million
10. Aluminum: $105.2 million
Top 10 UK Imports from Spain

Spain's exports to the UK amounted to
$20 billion or 3.1% of its overall imports.

  1. Vehicles: $6 billion
  2. Machinery: $1.2 billion
  3. Vegetables: $1.1 billion
  4. Fruits, nuts: $1 billion
  5. Electronic equipment: $1 billion
  6. Aircraft, spacecraft: $720.2 million
  7. Gems, precious metals: $640.7 million
  8. Plastics: $513.7 million
  9. Iron and steel: $500.2 million
10. Pharmaceuticals: $494.1 million
Top 10 UK Imports from Ireland

Ireland's exports to the UK amounted to
$18.8 billion or 2.9% of its overall imports.

  1. Pharmaceuticals: $3.7 billion
  2. Electronic equipment: $2.3 billion
  3. Meat: $1.3 billion
  4. Machinery: $1.1 billion
  5. Dairy, eggs, honey: $1 billion
  6. Meat, seafood preparations: $774.9 million
  7. Organic chemicals: $701.9 million
  8. Perfumes, cosmetics: $604.3 million
  9. Plastics: $512.8 million
10. Medical, technical equipment: $499.6 million
Top 10 UK Imports from Canada

Canada's exports to the UK amounted to
$15 billion or 2.3% of its overall imports.

  1. Gems, precious metals: $10.7 billion
  2. Machinery: $757.1 million
  3. Aircraft, spacecraft: $563.6 million
  4. Mineral fuels including oil: $299.7 million
  5. Wood: $295.2 million
  6. Electronic equipment: $293.1 million
  7. Nickel: $290.1 million
  8. Ores, slag, ash: $267.7 million
  9. Medical, technical equipment: $201.8 million
10. Pharmaceuticals: $141.8 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