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Overseas Trade: Syria

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 Syria.

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 £85.3 million to Syria, and imported goods to the value of £20.9 million.

The top five goods traded between the UK and Syria 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 £50 million to Syria and imported services to the value of £30 million from Syria. No product breakdown is available. In 2010 Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC) reported total goods exports of £133 million to Syria and total goods imports of £26 million from Syria. 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 Syria 2011
SITC-2 £ sterling Percentage
Total 85,310,100
     
71—Power generating machinery and equipment 12,977,400 15.2
54—Medicinal and pharmaceutical products 7,221,300 8.5
69—Manufactures of metal n.e.s. 7,047,700 8.3
74—General industrial machinery and equipment and machine parts n.e.s. 6,890,300 8.1
72—Machinery specialized for particular industries 5,922,700 6.9
UK imports from Syria 2011
SITC-2 £ sterling Percentage
Total 20,915,700
     
71—Power generating machinery and equipment 5,996,000 28.7
26—Textile fibres not manufactured and their waste etc 5,285,400 25.3
84—Articles of apparel and clothing accessories 4,505,400 21.5
65—Textile yarn, fabrics, made up articles etc 819,000 3.9
79—Other transport equipment 724,300 3.5
Note: Data are rounded to nearest 100 Source: HMRC Overseas Trade Statistics (Goods), ONS Balance of Payments (Services)

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