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There is a noticeable trend in the monthly trade balance! UK exports to China have grown over the years but the trade imbalance has widened enormously! According to former Business Secretary, Lord Mandelson UK exports to Brazil, Russia, India and China - the so-called ‘Bric countries’ - are lagging behind the rest of the world. The share of exports to the four BRIC nations remains persistently below our 3.7% share of world trade. Some economists point to an “export gap” worth £19.8bn with China, £3.2bn with India, and £1.8bn with both Russia and Brazil.

 

UK monthly balance of trade with China

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