Trade and production

Imports and exports

Every month the Office for National Statistics (ONS) puts out figures for UK trade, measuring the quantity and value of goods and services. This data is broken down into the key commodities produced and consumed in the UK and includes information on which countries we trade with.

There’s also a less frequent balance of payments series put out by the ONS which provides additional detail on the value of imports and exports as they show up on the national accounts, as well as adding in estimates for foreign investment in the UK and UK investment abroad.

Specific data on the UK’s trade in electricity, gas and other fuels is published as energy trade statistics by the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC).

Historical trade figures date back to the Second World War and can be found on the ONS’s key economic time series page.

Production and use of energy

Figures showing where and how much energy is produced in the UK, including what purpose it’s put to, are collated in the DECC’s energy trends series.

Information on the UK’s natural resources is available from minerals surveys produced by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG).