Import and Export of goods by sector: FOI release

Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

Information requested

For comprehensive information about the import and exports of goods by sector from 1995 to 2022.


Some of the information you have requested is available from Export Statistics Scotland 2019, which can be found here: This publication covers Scotland's exports of goods and services up to 2019 but does not cover Scotland's imports. You can find detailed information on Scotland’s exports by industry sector from 2002 to 2019 in the published tables which are available here:
 scotland-2019/documents/export-statistics-scotland-2019---tables/export-statistics-scotland- 2019---tables/govscot%3Adocument/Export%2BStatistics%2BScotland%2B2019%2B-%2BTables.xlsx

HMRC produce statistics on Scotland's exports and imports by commodity (SITC 2) from 2013 up to the first quarter of 2022 but these relate to goods only and do not include services. You can find this information here:

GDP Quarterly National accounts also provide data on Scotland’s exports and imports of goods and services from 1998 to 2021. This information is contained in Table G1, which you can find here: 
national-accounts-2021-q4/documents/gdp-quarterly-national-accounts-other-nationalaccounts-summary-tables/gdp-quarterly-national-accounts-other-national-accounts-summarytables/ govscot%3Adocument/%25282%2529%2BGDP%2BQNA%2B2021%2BQ4%2B--%2BOther%2BNational%2BAccounts%2BSummary%2BTables.xlsx

Please note that these three sources are all produced using different methodologies.

Under section 25(1) of FOISA, we do not have to give you information which is already reasonably accessible to you. If, however, you do not have internet access to obtain this information from the website(s) listed, then please contact me again and I will send you a paper copy.

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