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Syria: Overseas Trade

Volume 490: debated on Monday 30 March 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (1) what the monetary value of Syrian exports to the United Kingdom was in each of the last five years; (266946)

(2) what the monetary value of trade between Syria and the UK was in each of the last five years.

Data on recorded trade in goods with Syria are shown in the following table:

£ million

UK exports of goods to Syria

UK imports of goods from Syria

2004

89

52

2005

104

132

2006

82

273

2007

72

57

2008

93

117

Source: HMRC Overseas Trade Statistics.

Estimates of trade in services are not available for the full five years. ONS data published in the UK Balance of Payments Pink Book 2008 were:

£ million

UK exports of services to Syria

UK imports of services from Syria

2006

25

20

2007

32

14