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Record UK Exports for 2019

UK Exports grew by 5% in 2019, signalling a record year for British trade

Published on 12 February 2020

Data published by the Office for National Statistics hax revealed that 2019 proved to be a record breaking year for UK exports. Last year saw a 5% increase in UK exports over 2018, with a notable 13.6% increase in the amount of goods exported to outside of the European Union. Overall, £689.0 billion worth of services and goods were exported in 2019.

The news comes amid continuing signs of strength in the UK's trade with non-EU countries. It also comes as the UK Government announced its plans for approaching Free Trade Agreements with the USA, Japan, Australia and New Zealand.

The data also revealed that the "UK has now experienced 45 consecutive months of annual export growth on a rolling annual basis."

Of the sectors which saw the biggest growth, cereals saw an export rise of 16.6% to £2.5 billion, fish and shellfish saw an increase of 13.1% to £2.1 billion, while meat and meat preperations experienced growth of 12.4% to £2.1 billion.

Secretary of State for International Trade, Liz Truss, responded to the news by saying "The UK is an exporting superpower and these new statistics show that UK companies are exporting record levels of goods and services."

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