GB Businesses trading internationally

Posted on: 29/11/2013

In 2012, 11.2% of registered businesses in the Non-Financial Business Economy in Great Britain exported goods and/or services, according to the ONS Annual Business Survey. This was a small increase on 2011, when the proportion of businesses exporting stood at 10.7%. Meanwhile, the change in the proportion of businesses importing goods and/or services between 2011 and 2012 was more pronounced, increasing from 9.9% to 10.7%. There was some overlap between the businesses that exported and imported, with 6.5% undertaking both activities, leaving 4.7% that exported only and 4.2% that imported only. As a result, in 2012, 15.4% of businesses were involved in some kind of international trade, up from 14.7% in 2011.

Key points:

  • In 2012, 11.2% of registered businesses exported goods and/or services, slightly up from 10.7% in 2011.
  • The proportion of registered businesses importing goods and/or services increased from 9.9% in 2011 to 10.7% in 2012.
  • The proportion of registered businesses exporting goods in 2012 was lower than that of those importing goods at 6% and 8% respectively.
  • The proportion of registered businesses exporting services in 2012 was greater than that of those importing services at 7% and 4% respectively.

 

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