Exporting to The United Kingdom

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Exporting to The United Kingdom

The United Kingdom is generally acknowledged as the eleventh largest economy worldwide and the fifth largest trading nation. It is highly dependent on foreign trade, so it must import almost all of its raw materials and about a third of its food, leading to a trade imbalance which has grown from about $30 billion in the mid 1990s to around $174 billion today.

The annual total of imports to the UK has increased by about 9% since 2010 to about $682.5 billion, with the top imports machinery (13.2%), oil (11.3%) and vehicles (11%). The main import partners are Germany ($85 billion), China ($55 billion), the Netherlands ($50 billion), France ($38 billion) and the United States ($36 billion).

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Country Profile

Capital United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland Scots: Unitit Kinrick o Great Breetain an Northren Ireland Ulster Scots: Claught Kngrick o Docht Brtain an Norlin Airlann Welsh: Teyrnas Unedig Prydain Fawr a Gogledd Iwerddon Cornish: Rywvaneth Unys Breten Veur ha Kledhbarth Iwerdhon ScottishGaelic: Roghachd Aonaichte Bhreatainn is ireann a Tuath Irish: Rocht Aontaithe na Breataine Mire agus Thuaisceart ireann Flag Royal coat of arms Anthem:"God Save the Queen" Location of theUnitedKingdom(dark green) ?in Europe(green &dark grey) ?in the EuropeanUnion(green) London
Population 65,110,000
Area 242,495  km2 (93,628 sq mi)
km2 (78th)
Currency Poundsterling
GDP
Languages English

The United Kingdom: Imports Profile

Imports from The United Kingdom

Imports from The United Kingdom: $724 billion
Import commodities:Manufactured goods, Machinery, Fuels, Foodstuffs
Top import destinations:2015:, Germany 14.8%, China 9.8%, United States 9.2%, Netherlands 7.5%, France 5.8%, Belgium 5%
GDP growth (annual %)

Exporting to the United Kingdom: What is trade finance?

Trade finance is a revolving facility which some banks and specialist lenders offer - it enables SMEs to purchase stock supplies and can help ease cash management.

Generally, a trade financier will fund up to 100% of the cost of the receivables, including charges (e.g. delivery costs).

Trade finance offers added advantages over more traditional bank funding like asset finance or business loans. Trade finance provides quick funding without affecting existing relationships with banks.

How does it work?

If you're an SME importing or exporting products from or to other countries, then a trade finance facility would assist your company to fund this through offering a letter of credit or some form of cash advance.

I’m looking to export to the United Kingdom, how can Trade Finance Global help, and how does it work?

If you are looking to export inventory to other markets, you may require finance for exporting, which is an agreement between you (the exporter), and the foreign importer. A alternative finance bank will advance you the cost of producing the products that you are exporting (as a loan), either once you have sent the goods, or before you have manufactured them. Once the importer has received the inventory and pays you for the import, you will repay the advance from the export funder over an agreed period.

Read the TFG Exporters Guide here.

Importing from The United Kingdom? Contact our local experts

Country Profile

Capital United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland Scots: Unitit Kinrick o Great Breetain an Northren Ireland Ulster Scots: Claught Kngrick o Docht Brtain an Norlin Airlann Welsh: Teyrnas Unedig Prydain Fawr a Gogledd Iwerddon Cornish: Rywvaneth Unys Breten Veur ha Kledhbarth Iwerdhon ScottishGaelic: Roghachd Aonaichte Bhreatainn is ireann a Tuath Irish: Rocht Aontaithe na Breataine Mire agus Thuaisceart ireann Flag Royal coat of arms Anthem:"God Save the Queen" Location of theUnitedKingdom(dark green) ?in Europe(green &dark grey) ?in the EuropeanUnion(green) London
Population 65,110,000
Area 242,495  km2 (93,628 sq mi)
km2 (78th)
Currency Poundsterling
GDP
Languages English

1.60

Econ Complexity 11th of 184
1980
2014

$425B

Exports 9th of 221
1980
2014

$606B

Imports 4th of 221
1980
2014

$41.8k

GDP Per Capita 25th of 184
1990
2014
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