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Burma (Exports)

Volume 453: debated on Monday 27 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the British exports to Burma were in each of the past five years; and what the value of the exports was in each year. (102491)

The Government have a long-standing policy of not encouraging British firms to trade with or invest in Burma. We offer no commercial services to companies wishing to trade with or invest in Burma. British companies who inquire about trade with Burma are informed of the grave political situation, the regime’s atrocious record on human rights and the country’s dire economic prospects.

The data requested is contained in the following table:

UK exports of goods to Burma 2001-05 at two digit standard international trade classification (SITC) level

£000

SITC

Description

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

Total

9,452

7,345

5,001

2,164

9,964

00

Live animals

4

6

5

03

Fish, crustaceans, molluscs, etc (not marine mammals)

3

04

Cereals and cereal preparations

126

171

19

05

Vegetables and fruit

1

06

Sugar, sugar preparations and honey

4

1

08

Feeding stuff for animals not incl. unmilled cereals

5

19

27

4

09

Miscellaneous edible products and preparations

48

53

2

22

11

Beverages

6

24

833

77

340

12

Tobacco and tobacco manufactures

194

6

23

Crude rubber (incl. synthetic and reclaimed)

1

24

Cork and wood

56

26

Textile fibres

15

27

Crude fertilisers and crude minerals

21

4

28

Metalliferous ores and metal scrap

4

27

29

Crude animal and vegetable materials

1

33

Petroleum, petroleum products and related materials

41

50

18

23

22

42

Fixed vegetable fats and oils; crude, refined or fractionated

3

43

Animal and vegetable oils and fats, processed, and waxes

4

51

Organic chemicals

63

44

3

15

52

Inorganic chemicals

63

10

5

46

53

Dyeing, tanning and colouring materials

48

26

5

10

54

Medicinal and pharmaceutical products

552

190

114

212

188

55

Essential oils, perfume materials; toilet and cleansing preparations

458

350

254

201

140

56

Fertilizers, other than those in 27

1

5

6

57

Plastics in primary forms

111

36

27

58

Plastics in non-primary forms

48

4

24

59

Chemical materials and products—nes

98

844

27

71

63

62

Rubber manufactures—nes

285

17

63

Cork and wood manufactures (excl. furniture)

1

64

Paper, paperboard, and articles of paper pulp; etc.

63

1

4

2

65

Textile yarn, fabrics, made-up articles—nes

27

38

67

79

88

66

Non-metallic mineral manufactures

72

36

52

86

110

67

Iron and steel

147

68

Non-ferrous metals

19

48

243

69

Manufactures of metal—nes

422

773

11

9

15

71

Power generating machinery and equipment

3,567

3,198

2,734

362

1,038

72

Specialised industrial machinery

252

133

113

15

7

73

Metalworking machinery

3

65

15

11

10

74

General industrial machinery and equipment—nes

209

130

85

56

150

75

Office machines and ADP equipment

141

163

41

112

63

76

Telecommunications, sound recording and reproducing apparatus

386

94

17

163

49

77

Electrical machinery, apparatus and appliances, parts—nes

1,147

234

118

78

28

78

Road vehicles

90

35

9

1

79

Other transport equipment

59

95

52

24

7,251

81

Prefabricated buildings; fixtures and fittings

1

82

Furniture, bedding, mattresses, cushions and similar stuffed furnishing

17

1

83

Travel goods, handbags and similar containers

3

84

Articles of apparel and clothing accessories

58

44

5

15

85

Footwear

16

87

Professional, scientific and control instruments and apparatus—nes

694

228

119

145

205

88

Photographic apparatus, supplies and optical goods, watches and clocks

11

8

2

20

5

89

Miscellaneous manufactured article—nes

134

17

52

34

28

90

Low value and other goods not classified elsewhere

4

10

26

33

19

nes = Not elsewhere specified.

Source:

HMRC Overseas Trade Statistics