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Welsh exports

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  • Release date: 5 April 2018
  • Period covered: Quarter 4 2017
  • Next update: 7 June 2018
Data includes information by destination and product sector.

Key points

  • The value of exports for Wales in 2017 was £16.4 billion, up £1.8 billion compared to the same period the previous year.
  • There was an increase in exports to EU countries of £1.1 billion (11.9 per cent) and an increase in exports to non-EU countries of £743 million (12.9 per cent), compared to 2016. Exports to the EU accounted for 60.3 per cent of Welsh exports compared to 49.6 per cent for the UK.
  • All of the twelve UK countries and English regions had increases with the East Midlands having the largest increase (up 23.0 per cent), compared to 2016. The smallest increase was seen in the North West (up 3.6 per cent). Wales saw the seventh largest increase.
  • Germany was the top export destination accounting for 19.6 per cent of exports, down from 20.5 per cent compared to 2016.
  • Exports from Wales are dominated by ‘Machinery and Transport Equipment’ which made up 53.2 per cent of exports.

Further information

Key results and StatsWales are published quarterly and a report will be published every 6 months.


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