Medical Equipment: Exports

Treasury written question – answered on 25th November 2021.

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Photo of Jane Hunt Jane Hunt Conservative, Loughborough

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimates she has made of the total value of UK inhaler exports to the rest of the world.

Photo of Lucy Frazer Lucy Frazer The Financial Secretary to the Treasury

HMRC is responsible for the collection and publication of data on imports and exports of goods to and from the UK. HMRC releases this information monthly, as a National Statistic called the Overseas Trade in Goods Statistics (OTS), which is available via their dedicated website: From this website, it is possible to build data tables based upon bespoke search criteria:

The Tariff Classification of inhalers differs dependent upon whether medication is dispensed from them and, if so, what type of medicine. Consequently, published statistics applicable to empty inhalers, and medicinal inhalers at an aggregated level, within Harmonised System code 3004, have been provided.

The total value of UK inhaler exports to the rest of the world can be found in the table below:

Table 1: Total Non-EU export Trade Value (£), for calendar years 2019 - 21




Jan-Sep 2021

All commodities under HS4 3004 -

Medicaments consisting of mixed or unmixed products for therapeutic or prophylactic use, put up in measured doses “incl. those for transdermal administration” or forms or packings for retail sale (excl. goods of heading 3002, 3005 or 3006)




HS4 9019, CN8s: 90192000 & 90192090 - Mechano-therapy appliances; massage apparatus; psychological aptitude-testing apparatus; ozone therapy, oxygen therapy, aerosol therapy, artificial respiration or other therapeutic respiration apparatus








Data source: Overseas Trade Statistics

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