Official Statistics

UK trade in numbers

A pocketbook providing a snapshot of the UK’s trade position, summarising trade statistics produced by ONS, HMRC, DIT and others.


UK trade in numbers

UK trade in numbers : sources


This pocketbook contains the latest trade and investment statistics, as of the date of publication. It draws on a number of sources from the UK, including the Office for National Statistics (ONS), HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC), the Department for International Trade (DIT), and international databases. These figures are subject to change, as certain sources are revised on a monthly basis.

Trade statistics are derived from a number of sources and can be presented in different ways. The UK’s trade statistics are primarily provided by Office for National Statistics (ONS) releases including the ONS UK monthly trade, ONS UK quarterly trade in services by partner country, UK Balance of Payments as well as the ‘Pink Book’. These releases set out the UK’s economic relationship with other countries and illustrate the UK’s bilateral trade on top exports and imports for goods and services.

In addition, the pocketbook depicts the UK’s bilateral trade surpluses and deficits, trade in value added, foreign direct investment and regional trade statistics.

Published 24 May 2018
Last updated 27 February 2020 + show all updates
  1. Updated with the latest statistical data.

  2. Latest statistics published

  3. Publishing the latest statistics available.

  4. Amendments to visualisation

  5. Amended formatting on certain charts and visualisations.

  6. Updated with latest statistical data.

  7. UK Trade in Numbers pocketbook updated, with corrections. Source note updated. Corrections note added.

  8. First published.