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This short note provides some key statistics on the UK’s trade with the Commonwealth – all data are from the Office for National Statistics. The attached Excel spreadsheet (see under supporting documents) allows for easy access and presentation of detailed 2019 data on trade between the UK and individual Commonwealth countries and trade trends between 1999 and 2019.

In 2019:

  • UK exports to the Commonwealth were worth £65.2 billion; British imports from the Commonwealth were £64.5 billion.
  • The UK had a trade surplus with the Commonwealth of £0.6 billion – a deficit in goods was offset by a surplus in services.
  • The Commonwealth accounted for 9.3% of UK exports – slightly more than UK exports to Germany.
  • The Commonwealth accounted 8.9% of UK imports – slightly less than UK imports from Germany.
  • UK trade with the Commonwealth was heavily focused on five countries – Australia, Canada, India, Singapore and South Africa; combined these countries accounted for 71% of UK exports to the Commonwealth and 72% of UK imports from the Commonwealth.

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