Department for International Trade written question – answered on 17th November 2020.

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Photo of Andrew Griffith Andrew Griffith Conservative, Arundel and South Downs

To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what recent assessment she has made of trends in the level of UK exports.

Photo of Graham Stuart Graham Stuart Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)

UK trade was performing strongly before the pandemic, with exports increasing 4.4% to £690.8bn last year and increasing year-on-year since 2016. According to UNCTAD the UK was the only one of the world’s ten largest exporting countries to increase exports in 2019, overtaking France to become the fifth largest exporter. Latest figures show the value of UK exports in the 12 months to September 2020 was £626.8bn, down 7.9% on the same period last year.

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