Furs: Trade

Treasury written question – answered on 30th November 2020.

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Photo of Lord Hague of Richmond Lord Hague of Richmond Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the value of UK (1) imports, and (2) exports, of (a) fur, and (b) articles with fur, for each year since 2015.

Photo of Lord Agnew of Oulton Lord Agnew of Oulton Minister of State (HM Treasury), Minister of State (Cabinet Office)

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) are responsible for the collection and publication of data on UK imports and exports of goods to and from the UK. HMRC release this information monthly, as a National Statistic called the Overseas Trade in Goods Statistics.

The value of imports to and exports from the UK of raw, tanned or dressed furskins (including heads, tails, paws and other pieces or cuttings, suitable for furriers’ use) and of articles of apparel, clothing accessories and other articles of furskin for each year since 2015 are set out in the tables below.

The data provided does not include raw hides and skins of animals which may have hair or wool on them or articles of clothing such as gloves, shoes, hats and coats which are only partially made of fur, for example, containing a fur trim. This is because these goods are declared under commodity codes other than those used exclusively for furskin and articles of furskin.

UK imports of furskins entered to commodity codes 4301and 4302 by value

Calendar Year

Trade Value (£)

2015

15,750,831

2016

11,197,018

2017

16,766,686

2018

12,487,217

2019

8,735,686

2020

3,076,690

Data source: HMRC Overseas Trade Statistics

UK exports of furskins entered to commodity codes 4301 and 4302 by value

Calendar Year

Trade Value (£)

2015

15,882,300

2016

11,676,202

2017

13,199,921

2018

11,444,471

2019

7,549,209

2020

1,797,965

Data source: HMRC Overseas Trade Statistics

UK imports of articles of furskin entered to commodity codes 4303 by value

Calendar Year

Trade Value (£)

2015

32,833,445

2016

37,279,317

2017

46,173,860

2018

51,813,338

2019

44,174,922

2020

14,428,427

Data source: HMRC Overseas Trade Statistics

UK exports of articles of furskin entered to commodity codes 4303 by value

Calendar Year

Trade Value (£)

2015

16,991,168

2016

16,697,024

2017

19,735,603

2018

24,825,923

2019

25,163,877

2020

10,556,697

Data source: HMRC Overseas Trade Statistics

Notes:

1. Data is extracted on a general trade basis for 2015 and for January to April of 2016. For all other periods the data is extracted on a special trade basis.[1]

2. Data extracted for 2020 is only available for months January to September as per the publishing calendar.

[1] https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/overseas-trade-statistics-methodologies

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