Top UK Imports from the World
In 2018, UK bought US$673.1 billion worth of imported products down by -3.1% since 2014 and up by 5% from 2017 to 2018.
Top 10 UK Imports from Germany

Germany's exports to UK amounted to
$91.5 billion or 13.6% of its overall imports.

  1. Vehicles: $27.7 billion
  2. Machinery: $13.6 billion
  3. Electronic equipment: $5.9 billion
  4. Pharmaceuticals: $4.5 billion
  5. Plastics: $4.1 billion
  6. Medical, technical equipment: $3 billion
  7. Gems, precious metals: $2.3 billion
  8. Aircraft, spacecraft: $2.3 billion
  9. Aluminum: $1.7 billion
10. Iron or steel products: $1.5 billion
Top 10 UK Imports from the US

America's exports to UK amounted to
$65.4 billion or 9.7% of its overall imports.

  1. Machinery: $19.3 billion
  2. Gems, precious metals: $8.2 billion
  3. Mineral fuels including oil: $6.1 billion
  4. Electronic equipment: $4.7 billion
  5. Aircraft, spacecraft: $4.4 billion
  6. Medical, technical equipment: $3.4 billion
  7. Pharmaceuticals: $2.6 billion
  8. Collector items, art, antiques: $1.7 billion
  9. Plastics: $1.3 billion
10. Wood: $1.2 billion
Top 10 UK Imports from China

China's exports to UK amounted to
$62.8 billion or 9.3% of its overall imports.

  1. Electronic equipment: $16.5 billion
  2. Machinery: $11.6 billion
  3. Furniture, lighting, signs: $4.1 billion
  4. Toys, games: $3.6 billion
  5. Clothing (not knit or crochet): $2.3 billion
  6. Knit or crochet clothing: $2.1 billion
  7. Plastics: $1.9 billion
  8. Iron or steel products: $1.7 billion
  9. Medical, technical equipment: $1.4 billion
10. Footwear: $1.4 billion
Top 10 UK Imports from the Netherlands

Dutch exports to UK amounted to
$55.4 billion or 8.2% of its overall imports.

  1. Electronic equipment: $8.1 billion
  2. Machinery: $6.9 billion
  3. Pharmaceuticals: $6.2 billion
  4. Mineral fuels including oil: $5.4 billion
  5. Vehicles: $2.9 billion
  6. Medical, technical equipment: $2.5 billion
  7. Organic chemicals: $2 billion
  8. Plastics: $2 billion
  9. Live trees and plants: $1.4 billion
10. Meat: $1.3 billion
Top 10 UK Imports from France

France's exports to UK amounted to
$36.7 billion or 5.5% of its overall imports.

  1. Vehicles: $4.6 billion
  2. Machinery: $3.7 billion
  3. Electronic equipment: $2.1 billion
  4. Beverages: $1.9 billion
  5. Mineral fuels including oil: $1.8 billion
  6. Pharmaceuticals: $1.8 billion
  7. Plastics: $1.5 billion
  8. Gems, precious metals: $1.5 billion
  9. Aircraft, spacecraft: $1.4 billion
10. Perfumes, cosmetics: $1.3 billion
Top 10 UK Imports from Belgium

Belgium's exports to UK amounted to
$34.9 billion or 5.2% of its overall imports.

  1. Vehicles: $9.2 billion
  2. Pharmaceuticals: $4.1 billion
  3. Mineral fuels including oil: $3.3 billion
  4. Plastics: $2.2 billion
  5. Machinery: $1.5 billion
  6. Electronic equipment: $1 billion
  7. Medical, technical equipment: $1 billion
  8. Organic chemicals: $905.1 million
  9. Iron and steel: $780 million
10. Vegetable/fruit preparations: $662.8 million
Top 10 UK Imports from Italy

Italy's exports to UK amounted to
$25.8 billion or 3.8% of its overall imports.

  1. Machinery: $4.2 billion
  2. Vehicles: $2.7 billion
  3. Pharmaceuticals: $1.4 billion
  4. Beverages: $1.3 billion
  5. Electronic equipment: $1.3 billion
  6. Furniture, lighting, signs: $1.1 billion
  7. Clothing (not knit or crochet): $849.3 million
  8. Plastics: $842.3 million
  9. Footwear: $783.2 million
10. Iron or steel products: $761.7 million
Top 10 UK Imports from Norway

Norway's exports to UK amounted to
$25.3 billion or 3.8% of its overall imports.

  1. Mineral fuels including oil: $22.8 billion
  2. Machinery: $348 million
  3. Zinc: $268.4 million
  4. Organic chemicals: $197.9 million
  5. Electronic equipment: $158.9 million
  6. Paper: $148.9 million
  7. Medical, technical equipment: $142.4 million
  8. Fish: $136.3 million
  9. Ships, boats: $100 million
10. Aluminum: $97.5 million
Top 10 UK Imports from Spain

Spain's exports to UK amounted to
$21 billion or 3.1% of its overall imports.

  1. Vehicles: $5.8 billion
  2. Machinery: $1.1 billion
  3. Vegetables: $1.1 billion
  4. Fruits, nuts: $1.1 billion
  5. Electronic equipment: $1.1 billion
  6. Gems, precious metals: $779.1 million
  7. Iron and steel: $644.4 million
  8. Ships, boats: $568.9 million
  9. Pharmaceuticals: $539.6 million
10. Plastics: $527.3 million
Top 10 UK Imports from Ireland

Ireland's exports to UK amounted to
$18.7 billion or 2.8% of its overall imports.

  1. Pharmaceuticals: $2.8 billion
  2. Electronic equipment: $1.9 billion
  3. Meat: $1.5 billion
  4. Machinery: $1.4 billion
  5. Dairy, eggs, honey: $1.1 billion
  6. Meat, seafood preparations: $730.6 million
  7. Perfumes, cosmetics: $643.9 million
  8. Organic chemicals: $615.8 million
  9. Mineral fuels including oil: $614.2 million
10. Plastics: $557.7 million
Top 10 UK Imports from Poland

Poland's exports to UK amounted to
$14.4 billion or 2.1% of its overall imports.

  1. Machinery: $2.2 billion
  2. Vehicles: $1.9 billion
  3. Electronic equipment: $1.7 billion
  4. Furniture, lighting, signs: $987.2 million
  5. Gems, precious metals: $555.5 million
  6. Meat: $535.1 million
  7. Plastics: $437.7 million
  8. Wood: $418.2 million
  9. Meat, seafood preparations: $373.1 million
10. Perfumes, cosmetics: $311.2 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