Value of motor vehicle imports and exports in the United Kingdom (UK) 2007-2017

The value of motor vehicle trading reached its peak in 2017. That year, the United Kingdom exported 34.3 billion British pounds worth of such products, while imports valued at 40.8 million British pounds. The chasm between value of imports and exports closed again slightly that year. It was greatest in 2015, when the difference amounted to nearly eleven million British pounds.
The UK’s overall trade balance of goods was a negative 203.03 billion U.S. dollars in 2017.

Economic contribution

In 2018, the motor industry contributed 18.6 billion British pounds to the UK’s economy. This was a slight decrease compared to the previous two years. Figures peaked in 2016, when the motor industry was responsible for adding 22 billion British pounds to the country’s gross domestic product.

Production figures

In 2018, the UK produced 1.5 million cars. This was the second year in a row that production figures decreased, falling from a peak of 1.7 million seen in 2016 to levels similar to 2013.

Value of motor vehicles imported and exported in the United Kingdom (UK) from 2007 to 2017*

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Release date

May 2018


United Kingdom

Survey time period

2007 to 2017

Supplementary notes

* Motor vehicles includes both passenger and commercial vehicles.

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