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Overseas Trade: Central Africa

Business, Innovation and Skills written question – answered on 28th June 2012.

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Photo of Andrew Rosindell Andrew Rosindell Conservative, Romford

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the primary (a) imported and (b) exported goods and services are between the UK and (i) the Democratic Republic of Congo and (ii) the Central African Republic.

Photo of Mark Prisk Mark Prisk The Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

In 2011, the UK exported goods to the value of £23.7 million to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRoC), and imported goods to the value of £3.6 million.

In 2011, the UK exported goods to the value of £0.7 million to the Central African Republic (CAR) and imported goods to the value of £0.1 million.

The top five goods traded between the UK and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRoC) and the Central African Republic (CAR) are listed in the following table, using the Standard International Trade Classification (SITC) at 2 digit detail.

No services trade data are available for 2011.

In 2010, the UK exported services to the value of £9 million to the Democratic Republic of Congo and imported services to the value of £8 million. No product breakdown is available. In 2010 Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC) reported total goods exports of £15 million to the Democratic Republic of Congo and total goods imports of £4 million.

UK exports and imports of services from the Central African Republic were less than £0.5 million in 2010. In 2010 HMRC reported total goods exports of £0.7 million to the Central African Republic and total goods imports of £0.1 million.

It should be noted that HMRC goods and Office for National Statistics (ONS) services trade data are not reported on a wholly consistent basis.

UK exports to DRoC 2011
SITC-2 £ sterling Percentage
Total 23,655,600
     
78—Road vehicles (including air cushion vehicles) 9,462,100 40.0
59—Chemical materials and products n.e.s. 2,348,600 9.9
11—Beverages 1,903.500 8.0
72—Machinery specialized for particular industries 1,750,100 7.4
74—General industrial machinery and equipment and machine parts n.e.s. 1,360,700 5.8
UK Imports from DRoC 2011
SITC-2 £ sterling Percentage
Total 3,572,100
     
91—Postal packages not classified according to kind 1,263,300 35.4
28—Metalliferous ores and metal scrap 1,128,000 31.6
24—Cork and wood 672,000 18.8
68—Non-ferrous metals 135,900 3.8
87—Professional, scientific and controlling instruments and apparatus n.e.s. 135,100 3.8
UK exports to CAR 2011
SITC-2 £ sterling Percentage
Total 690,300
     
11—Beverages 125,100 18.1
87—Professional, scientific and controlling instruments and apparatus n.e.s. 108,000 15.7
53—Dyeing, tanning and colouring materials 61,300 8.9
78—Road vehicles (including air cushion vehicles) 55,500 8.0
76—Telecommunications and sound recording and reproducing apparatus and equipment 55,100 8.0
UK imports from CAR 2011
SITC-2 £ sterling Percentage
Total 126,300
     
72—Machinery specialized for particular industries 117,900 93.3
89—Miscellaneous manufactured articles n.e.s. 8,500 6.7
     
Notes: 1. Only two product groups were imported from CAR in 2011 2. Data are rounded to the nearest 100. Source: HMRC Overseas Trade Statistics (Goods), ONS Balance of Payments (Services)

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