As per the Office of National Statistics, the value of goods imported from China has reached 16.9bn pounds (24 billion dollars) in the first quarter of 2021. The imported goods rose by 66% starting from 2018. While the import from Germany fell by a quarter, reaching 12.5 billion pounds in the same time period.
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) report studied the impact on the UK’s trade in goods addressing the impacts of Brexit and Coronavirus. The evidence showed disruption of trade at the start of the new relationship between the EU and The United Kingdom.
Amid uncertainties of Britain exiting from the EU, German imports to Britain had started to decline since April 2019. The pandemic has also taken a toll over Germany’s motor industry. Germany has been the UK’s top importer since 1997 barely deviating from its spot. The EU is still the UK’s biggest trading partner despite a fall of 23.1 % in total trade with the European Nations, read the ONS’s report.
The figures from the report showed an increase in imports of textiles used for making face masks and increasing demand for electrical devices.