Top 10 Imported Products in the UK - UK Import Data | Tendata

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ten data blog28-04-2024

In 2023, the UK import products worth $791.4 billion from around the world, marking a 3% decrease compared to $816.3 billion in 2022. The UK's imports accounted for 3.1% of the global import total. Gold, automobiles, crude oil, turbo-jet engines, and mobile phones were among the most valuable products imported by the UK in 2023.

From a continental perspective, half (50%) of the UK's total imports in 2023 came from European countries. Asia accounted for 29.6% of the UK's import volume, while 14.9% came from North American suppliers. Smaller proportions originated from Africa (3.1%), Latin America (1.7%), and then Oceania (0.8%), with Australia and New Zealand leading.

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Top 10 UK Import Products

According to UK import data, the top 10  imported products accounted for nearly two-thirds (65.1%) of the total value of products purchased from all countries:

1. Machinery, including computers: $97.3 billion (12.3% of total imports)

2. Mineral fuels, including petroleum: $92.1 billion (11.6%)

3. Vehicles: $90 billion (11.4%)

4. Electrical machinery and equipment: $74 billion (9.3%)

5. Gems, precious metals: $63.4 billion (8%)

6. Pharmaceuticals: $27.3 billion (3.4%)

7. Optical, technical, medical apparatus: $23.5 billion (3%)

8. Plastics, plastic products: $19.6 billion (2.5%)

9. Aircraft, spacecraft: $15 billion (1.9%)

10. Organic chemicals: $12.9 billion (1.6%)

From 2022 to 2023, the aircraft and spacecraft category saw the highest growth rate, increasing by 70.7%. The second was automobile imports (up by 22.4%), followed by electrical machinery and equipment (up by 10.8%). The largest decrease was observed in imported mineral fuels, including petroleum, which fell by 32.9% year-on-year due to declines in UK spending on oil and natural gas.

According to Tendata's UK import data, the top 10 specific product imports in the UK for 2023 were:

1.HS Code:90190000000(30.96%, $32.91 Million):Coffee husks and skins; coffee substitutes containing coffee in any proportion + detailed label not available +

2.HS Code:850760(11.93%, $12.68 Million):Lithium-ion accumulators (excluding spent)

3.HS Code:260500000000(5.01%, $5.33 Million):Cobalt ores and concentrates

4.HS Code:720230000000(3.58%, $3.81 Million):Ferro-silico-manganese

5.HS Code:90111000000(3.49%, $3.71 Million):Coffee (excl. roasted and decaffeinated) + detailed label not available +

6.HS Code:3102101000(1.8%, $1.91 Million):Urea, whether or not in aqueous solution, containing > 45% nitrogen in relation to the weight of the dry product (excl. that in pellet or similar forms, or in packages with a gross weight of <= 10 kg)

7.HS Code:5105310000(1.72%, $1.83 Million):Hair of Kashmir "cashmere" goats, carded or combed

8.HS Code:392690(1.5%, $1.59 Million):Articles of plastics and articles of other materials of heading 3901 to 3914, n.e.s (excl. goods of 9619)

9.HS Code:850440(1.28%, $1.36 Million):Static converters + detailed label not available +

10.HS Code:260800000000(1.07%, $1.14 Million):Zinc ores and concentrates

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