Economy - Scottish Export Statistics

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Scottish Export Statistics

There are now two sources of data on Scottish Exports: the Global Connections Survey and the Index of Manufactured Exports.

To obtain detailed information on either source, please follow the links below:

How do the two sources differ?

The Global Connections Survey is an annual survey run by the Scottish Government. The survey provides estimates of the cash value of exports by destination and industry sector for all sectors of the Scottish economy including the primary, manufacturing and service sectors. This source should be used to obtain estimates of the cash value of exports.

The Index of Manufactured Exports is a quarterly analysis produced by the Scottish Government using survey data collected by the Office for National Statistics (ONS). The index provides a quarterly time series of the growth (in real terms) of export sales in the manufacturing industry. This source should be used to obtain estimates of changes in the level of export sales over time.

UK Trade Data

There is no equivalent export publication to Scotland's Global Connections Survey for the UK or its regions. HMRC collects information for the UK and data is available from the UKtradeinfo website.

There are essentially two data sources which may be of interest:

  • UK Regional Trade Statistics (RTS)

Only concerns goods and attributes value to where organisations are registered for VAT (there is a large 'unknown' region with exports of twice the value attributed to Scotland).

  • Overseas Trade Statistics (OTS)

Commodity code-based (4 digit or 8 digit) and UK level data only.