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Tractors And Combine Harvesters

Volume 952: debated on Friday 23 June 1978

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asked the Secretary of State for Trade what are current trends in world trade in tractors and combine har

WORLD* EXPORTS
SITC(R)197319741975
712.5Tractors, other than road and industrial tractors.Value $ million1,9732,7224,141
United Kingdom percentage share20·316·016·6
Number thousands488586657
United Kingdom percentage share23·819·021·1
712.2Agricultural machinery and appliances for harvesting, threshing and sorting.Value $ million1,1401,6401,919
United Kingdom percentage share6·96·16·3
NumberNot available
* World market economies.

Sources:

UN Yearbook of International Trade Statistics 1976 Volume II.

FAO Trade Yearbook 1976.

More detailed and up to date export information for the United Kingdom is available as follows:

UNITED KINGDOM EXPORTS

1973

1974

1975

1976

1977

Agricultural wheeled tractorsValue £ million131149252320383
Number thousands10196121123107
Self-propelled combine harvester-threshers.Value £ million4·34·17·08·611·3
Number thousands1·10·81·11·11·3

Note: In 1977, in value terms, agricultural wheeled tractors and self-propelled combine harvesters accounted respectively for about 80 per cent. of United Kingdom exports under SITC(R) 712.5 and 15 per cent. under SITC(R) 712.2.

Source: United Kingdom Overseas Trade Statistics.

Although figures are not available, it is thought there has been a gradual decline in world demand over the last two years for these types of products. However, it is hoped there might be some recovery next year.