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Published 25th January 2017

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An analysis of Barriers and Assistance, Future Export Destinations and Overseas Relationships in 2015 will be published here.

Additional tables requested since the publication of Export Statistics Scotland 2014 on 27 January 2016 are available here. Note, these relate to 2014 data:

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Export Statistics Scotland - Publication

ESS 2015 Infographic

Key Findings

  • Scotland’s international exports (excluding oil and gas) increased in 2015 by £1 billion (3.6%) from £27.7 billion in 2014 to £28.7 billion in 2015.
  • International exports to countries within the European Union (EU) were estimated at £12.3 billion, which is 43% of total international exports. This is an increase of £520 million from the previous year (4.4%). The increase was driven by an increase in the export of petroleum and chemical products.
  • Within the EU, the Netherlands (£2.3 billion) was again, the largest market, followed by France (£1.8 billion) and Germany (£1.8 billion).
  • International exports to non-EU countries were estimated at £16.4 billion, which is 57% of total international exports. This is an increase of £485 million from the previous year (3.0%).
  • The largest industry for exports was the manufacture of food and beverages, worth £4.8 billion in 2015, 16.8% of all international exports. The majority of this sector continues to be whisky exports which accounted for 80% (£3.8 billion) in 2015.
  • Exports by Scottish onshore businesses to the rest of the UK in 2015 (excluding oil and gas) were estimated at £49.8 billion, an increase of £2.1 billion (4.4%) over the year. This increase was driven by an increase in the export of utilities (electricity, gas, water etc).
  • Exports to the rest of the UK rely more heavily on the service sector than international exports as more than half (55%) of the rest of the UK exports are services compared to 38% of international exports.
  • Total international and rest of the UK exports in 2015 (excluding oil and gas) were estimated at £78.6 billion, up £3.1 billion (4.1%) in the year. Exports to the rest of the UK accounted for 63% of this total, EU exports accounted for 16% and non-EU exports 21%.
  • The USA continues to be Scotland’s top international trading partner (£4.6 billion). The top 5 international export markets (USA, Netherlands, France, German and Norway) accounted for £11.7 billion (41%) of international exports from Scotland.

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