UK Regional Trade in Goods estimates are released today, for the third quarter of 2009.
* The total value of UK exports for the 12 months ending September 2009 was £223,800m, a decrease of £22,183m (9.0 per cent) compared to the 12 months ending September 2008.
* During the same period the total value of exports for England fell by 8.4 per cent to £163,391m. Exports from Wales fell by 8.3 per cent to £9,398m, exports from Scotland rose by 3.4 per cent to £14,424m, and exports from Northern Ireland fell by 8.4 per cent to £5,473m.
* Within England, the South East had the largest total value of exports of £37,849m for the 12 months ending September 2009. The North East had the smallest total value of exports of £9,423m.
* The largest percentage change in the English regions for this period was for the West Midlands region which decreased by 22.0 per cent to £13,305m. The North West had the smallest change, with a decrease in exports of 0.4 per cent to £23,297m.
* The number of exporters in the UK for Quarter 3 2009 compared with the same quarter last year, decreased by 5.5 per cent to 48,454. London had the largest decrease of 7.5 per cent to 8,154. There were no regions or countries where the number of exporters increased.
* The total value of UK imports for the 12 months ending September 2009 was £306,791m, a decrease of £33,450m (9.8 per cent) compared to the 12 months ending September 2008.
* During the same period the total value of imports for England fell by 10.3 per cent to £247,159m. Imports to Wales fell by 7.2 per cent to £6,789m, imports to Scotland rose by 5.1 per cent to £10,465m and imports to Northern Ireland fell by 1.9 per cent to £5,292m.
* Within England, the South East has the largest total value of imports of £66,320m. The smallest total value for imports is in the North East of £7,073m.
* The largest percentage change for the English regions this period was for the North East region which decreased by 24.9 per cent to £7,073m. The smallest change was for the East Midlands region which saw a decrease of 4.2 per cent in imports to £15,489m.
* The number of importers in the UK for Quarter 3 2009 compared with the same quarter last year, decreased by 8.6 per cent to 70,630. London had the largest percentage decrease of 10.9 per cent to 13,458. There were no regions or countries where the number of importers increased.
Notes to editors
1. HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has today published a set of new regional trade statistics figures for the third quarter 2009. The 2009 data are provisional, and subject to the normal updates in overseas trade statistics relating to late receipt and amendments of trade declarations.
2. The News Release uses the EU27 country group as from Quarter one, 2007, including Bulgaria and Romania. A corresponding change follows for the non-EU country group.
3. Data is taken primarily from Customs systems (for non-EU trade) and the Intrastat survey. HMRC does not receive information in respect of goods that move wholly within the UK, nor in intangibles and services such as banking or tourism. Trade is mainly allocated to a region by the postcode associated with a company’s VAT registration.
4. Some adjustments have been necessary in the production of export statistics by region to ensure manufacturing that takes place at branch premises is properly allocated to the region where the branch is situated. However, adjustments are not made to import statistics and therefore, in some cases, trade has been allocated to the region where the head office is situated.
5. Regional Trade Statistics (RTS) total values differ slightly from the UK level Overseas Trade Statistics; RTS includes estimates made for EU trade below the Intrastat threshold, which are included in the ‘Unknown region’. The RTS does not include estimates for non-response or estimates for the missing EU Imports associated with Missing Trader Intra-Community VAT Fraud (MTIC Fraud).
6. The estimates relating to trade in goods within classification codes that have changed since the previous year are not assigned to a region but are included within ‘Unknown region’ for completeness.
7. Aggregated tables are produced to facilitate time series analysis; these tables are provided in a separate document released in conjunction with this News Release.
8. Information on the methodology used for the Regional Trade Statistics time series can be obtained from the National Statistics Publication Hub accessed via www.statistics.gov.uk and also on the trade statistics information website www.uktradeinfo.com.
9. The Regional Trade in Goods figures are in the scope of National Statistics. National Statistics are produced to high professional standards set out in the Code of Practice for Official Statistics. They undergo regular quality assurance reviews to ensure they meet customer needs. They are produced free from any political interference.
10. A recent change has taken place to the Customs administrative data source used in the compilation of the RTS. More detail on this can be found at
The impact of the change will be monitored and reviewed by the Trade Statistics Unit.
11. The next release will be published on 11 March 2010. This will include revised data for 2009 plus a set of new regional trade statistics figures for the fourth quarter 2009.
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