Figures produced by HM Revenue and Customs based on administrative data indicate that there are almost 200,000 traders in the UK which either import goods from or export goods to other EU member states. A figure covering goods and services trade is not available, but since services account for over a quarter of UK trade with the EU by value, the figure for goods and services traders may be significantly higher.
There are no estimates of the number of people employed in those firms trading with other EU member states.
Half of all UK trade is with the EU, totalling around £450 billion of goods and services in 2010. EU data for goods and services trade in 2011 are planned for release in July 2012.