Top UK Imports from the World
In 2016, UK bought US$636.2 billion worth of imported products down by -7.7% since 2012 but up by 0.9% from 2015 to 2016.
Top 10 UK Imports from Germany

Germany's exports to the UK amounted to
$86.4 billion or 13.6% of its overall imports.

  1. Vehicles: $27.8 billion
  2. Machinery: $11.8 billion
  3. Pharmaceuticals: $6.4 billion
  4. Electronic equipment: $6 billion
  5. Plastics: $3.5 billion
  6. Medical, technical equipment: $2.8 billion
  7. Gems, precious metals: $2 billion
  8. Iron or steel products: $1.5 billion
  9. Aluminum: $1.4 billion
10. Paper: $1.3 billion
Top 10 UK Imports from the US

America's exports to the UK amounted to
$59.1 billion or 9.3% of its overall imports.

  1. Machinery: $16.7 billion
  2. Aircraft, spacecraft: $10.6 billion
  3. Gems, precious metals: $5.2 billion
  4. Electronic equipment: $4.5 billion
  5. Medical, technical equipment: $3.3 billion
  6. Pharmaceuticals: $2.6 billion
  7. Mineral fuels including oil: $1.4 billion
  8. Collector items, art, antiques: $1.4 billion
  9. Plastics: $1.2 billion
10. Wood: $1 billion
Top 10 UK Imports from the US

China's exports to the UK amounted to
$58.8 billion or 9.2% of its overall imports.

  1. Electronic equipment: $14.1 billion
  2. Machinery: $10.1 billion
  3. Furniture, lighting, signs: $4.2 billion
  4. Toys, games: $3.7 billion
  5. Clothing (not knit or crochet): $2.7 billion
  6. Knit or crochet clothing: $2.5 billion
  7. Plastics: $1.7 billion
  8. Footwear: $1.7 billion
  9. Iron or steel products: $1.5 billion
10. Medical, technical equipment: $1.3 billion
Top 10 UK Imports from the Netherlands

Dutch exports to the UK amounted to
$46.4 billion or 7.3% of its overall imports.

  1. Electronic equipment: $6.3 billion
  2. Machinery: $5.8 billion
  3. Pharmaceuticals: $5.6 billion
  4. Mineral fuels including oil: $3.4 billion
  5. Vehicles: $2.5 billion
  6. Medical, technical equipment: $2.1 billion
  7. Organic chemicals: $1.9 billion
  8. Plastics: $1.7 billion
  9. Other animal-origin products: $1.3 billion
10. Meat: $1.2 billion
Top 10 UK Imports from France

France's exports to the UK amounted to
$33.2 billion or 5.2% of its overall imports.

  1. Vehicles: $4.9 billion
  2. Machinery: $3.5 billion
  3. Electronic equipment: $2 billion
  4. Beverages: $1.8 billion
  5. Pharmaceuticals: $1.8 billion
  6. Plastics: $1.4 billion
  7. Gems, precious metals: $1.3 billion
  8. Perfumes, cosmetics: $1.2 billion
  9. Aircraft, spacecraft: $1.1 billion
10. Mineral fuels including oil: $1.1 billion
Top 10 UK Imports from Belgium

Belgium's exports to the UK amounted to
$31.6 billion or 5% of its overall imports.

  1. Vehicles: $9.1 billion
  2. Pharmaceuticals: $4.1 billion
  3. Plastics: $2 billion
  4. Mineral fuels including oil: $1.7 billion
  5. Machinery: $1.5 billion
  6. Medical, technical equipment: $1.1 billion
  7. Electronic equipment: $979.9 million
  8. Organic chemicals: $765.5 million
  9. Footwear: $544.1 million
10. Iron and steel: $533.9 million
Top 10 UK Imports from Switzerland

Switzerland's exports to the UK amounted to
$28.6 billion or 4.5% of its overall imports.

  1. Gems, precious metals: $20 billion
  2. Pharmaceuticals: $4.5 billion
  3. Cereals: $911.1 million
  4. Collector items, art, antiques: $614.3 million
  5. Machinery: $612.8 million
  6. Aircraft, spacecraft: $328.9 million
  7. Organic chemicals: $256 million
  8. Medical, technical equipment: $249 million
  9. Electronic equipment: $248.7 million
10. Aluminum: $117.3 million
Top 10 UK Imports from Italy

Italy's exports to the UK amounted to
$23.3 billion or 3.7% of its overall imports.

  1. Machinery: $3.9 billion
  2. Vehicles: $2.7 billion
  3. Electronic equipment: $1.4 billion
  4. Pharmaceuticals: $1.1 billion
  5. Beverages: $1.1 billion
  6. Furniture, lighting, signs: $887.9 million
  7. Plastics: $824.3 million
  8. Clothing (not knit or crochet): $688.2 million
  9. Footwear: $641.4 million
10. Medical, technical equipment: $619.3 million
Top 10 UK Imports from Spain

Spain's exports to the UK amounted to
$21.7 billion or 3.4% of its overall imports.

  1. Vehicles: $6.9 billion
  2. Machinery: $1.5 billion
  3. Vegetables: $1.1 billion
  4. Fruits, nuts: $1.1 billion
  5. Aircraft, spacecraft: $1 billion
  6. Electronic equipment: $998.8 million
  7. Gems, precious metals: $930.4 million
  8. Pharmaceuticals: $579.6 million
  9. Iron and steel: $469.2 million
10. Plastics: $449.5 million
Top 10 UK Imports from Ireland

Ireland's exports to the UK amounted to
$17.6 billion or 2.8% of its overall imports.

  1. Pharmaceuticals: $2.5 billion
  2. Electronic equipment: $2.3 billion
  3. Machinery: $1.3 billion
  4. Meat: $1.3 billion
  5. Dairy, eggs, honey: $806.1 million
  6. Meat, seafood preparations: $740.7 million
  7. Organic chemicals: $644 million
  8. Other food preparations: $621.8 million
  9. Perfumes, cosmetics: $604 million
10. Cereal, milk preparations:$601.3 
Top 10 UK Imports from Norway

Norway's exports to the UK amounted to
$17.3 billion or 2.7% of its overall imports.

  1. Mineral fuels including oil: $14.9 billion
  2. Machinery: $447.5 million
  3. Zinc: $189.9 million
  4. Medical, technical equipment: $176.2 million
  5. Organic chemicals: $167.1 million
  6. Paper: $138.8 million
  7. Fish: $123.8 million
  8. Iron or steel products: $122.9 million
  9. Electronic equipment: $110.7 million
10. Gems, precious metals: $100.5 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