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African Trade

Volume 405: debated on Tuesday 20 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the value is at current prices of United Kingdom (a) exports to and (b) imports from Africa in each of the last 20 years; and what percentage of (i) UK and (ii) world trade UK trade with Africa constitute in each of these years. [113650]

Table 1 shows the value of UK exports to Africa and imports from Africa between 1983 and 2002, in current prices. Table 2 shows UK trade with Africa as a percentage of UK trade. Table 3 shows UK trade with Africa as a percentage of world trade with Africa and Table 4 shows UK trade with Africa as a percentage of total world trade. All the figures refer to the trade in goods only.

Table 1: Value of UK trade with Africa
£ million (current prices)
UK exportsUK imports
19833,8812,773
19844,0973,311
19854,1963,913
19863,3822,722
19873,3352,272
19883,3552,395
19893,3772,556
19903,6773,010
19913,6322,727
19923,5892,688
19933,9232,895
19944,0563,084
19954,7233,492
19964,9973,895
19974,9483,841
19984,7003,843
19994,3454,276
20004,5625,858
20014,8167,102
20024,8296,910

Source:

HM Customs & Excise

Table 2: Africa's share of the UK's total trade

Percentage of UK exports going to Africa

Percentage of UK imports from Africa

19836.44.2
19845.84.2
19855.44.6
19864.63.2
19874.22.4
19884.12.2
19893.62.1
19903.52.4
19913.52.3
19923.32.1
19933.22.1
19943.02.1
19953.12.1
19963.02.1
19972.92.0
19982.92.0
19992.62.2
20002.42.6
20012.53.1
20022.63.0

Source:

HM Customs & Excise

Table 3: UK Trade with Africa as a share of world trade with Africa

Percentage of world exports to Africa which are from the UK

Percentage of world imports from Africa which go to the UK

19837.85.6
19847.45.5
19857.95.9
19867.36.6
19877.55.2
19887.45.8
19896.95.1
19906.95.5
19916.85.2
19926.14.8
19936.25.0
19946.45.0
19956.25.1

Table 3: UK Trade with Africa as a share of world trade with Africa

Percentage of world exports to Africa which are from the UK

Percentage of world imports from Africa which go to the UK

19966.54.9
19976.64.9
19986.15.6
19995.75.9
20005.35.8
20015.26.9
2002n/an/a

Source:

IMF Direction of Trade

Table 4: UK trade with Africa as a share of total world trade

Percentage of world exports to Africa which are from the UK

Percentage of world imports from Africa which go to the UK

19830.330.22
19840.290.22
19850.280.24
19860.230.20
19870.220.14
19880.210.15
19890.180.13
19900.180.15
19910.170.13
19920.150.11
19930.150.11
19940.140.10
19950.140.10
19960.140.11
19970.140.11
19980.140.11
19990.120.12
20000.100.13
20010.110.16
2002n/an/a

Source:

IMF Direction of Trade