According to the UK customs data, from January to June 2018, the total import and export of British goods was 579.32 billion US dollars, an increase of 12.5% over the same period of the previous year (the same below). The exports value was US$248.70 billion, an increase of 15.2%; the imports value was US$330.61 billion, an increase of 10.6%. The trade deficit was 81.91 billion US dollars, down 1.4%.
From January to June 2018, imports from Germany, the United States, the Netherlands, China and France valued US$49.21 billion, US$32.2 billion, US$28.06 billion, US$25.03 billion and US$19.07 billion, respectively, accounting for 14.9%, 9.7%, 8.5%, 7.6% and 5.8% of the total imports of the UK, respectively, an increase of 11.6%, 7.2%, 16.6%, 3.8% and 6.8%, respectively.
The main imported commodities in the UK are mechanical and electrical products, transportation equipment, mineral products and chemical products. Imports values of these goods from January to June were US$69.55 billion, US$47.32 billion, US$35.28 billion and US$31.68 billion, accounting for 21.0%, 14.3%, 10.7% and 9.6% of total UK imports, an increase of 10.9%, 0.7%, 35.5% and 3.9%, respectively.