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IN FOCUS / 2017-03-27

Brexit: United Kingdom is a major trading partner

Theresa May, the British Prime Minister, intends to hand in the official notice triggering Britain's exit from the EU on 29 March. Because of that decision, Britain's trade relations with the EU will have to be re-negotiated.

In 2016, the United Kingdom ranked fifth among Germany's most important trading partners. Goods worth a total of 121.6 billion euros were traded between the two countries. The United Kingdom was only outranked in importance by the People's Republic of China, France, the United States and the Netherlands.

On the whole, Germany exported goods worth 86.1 billion euros to the United Kingdom in 2016. The most important export goods were motor vehicles, trailers and semi-trailers (27.2 billion euros) as well as machinery (9.0 billion euros). The imports from the United Kingdom amounted to roughly 35.6 billion euros. The most important import goods were motor vehicles, trailers and semi-trailers (6.0 billion euros) as well as chemicals and chemical products (4.2 billion euros).

For more information on the United Kingdom please go to "Europe in figures".

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