Published by The Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body
Scotland's Exports - 2016
Author: Andrew Aiton
Published: Wednesday 07 Feb 2018 (SB 18-11)
How important are exports to the Scottish economy?
How much are exports worth?
What does Scotland export?
What do Scotland's overall exports look like?
What services does Scotland export?
What manufacturing does Scotland export?
Where does Scotland Export to?
Overall where does Scotland Export to?
Scotland's international exports
Scotland's exports to the EU
Which exports go where?
Overall which exports go where?
Where do Scotland's services exports go?
Where do Scotland's manufacturing exports go?
Scottish Government targets
Are there any exports figures in real terms (adjusted for inflation)?
Image: The value of Scotland's exports is equivalent to half of Scottish GDP
Image: Total exports from Scotland have increased by £26.6bn between 2002 and 2016, despite a fall of £3.9bn from 2015 to 2016
Image: Services made up the majority of total exports from Scotland in 2016
Image: “Mining and Quarrying” has seen the largest proportional increase between 2002 and 2016, increasing by 274%
Image: “Financial and insurance” exports were the most valuable of the service sector in 2016
Image: “Professional, scientific and technical” services have seen the largest increase in total exports between 2002 and 2016
Image: “Food and Drink” exports were the most valuable of the manufacturing sector in 2016
Image: "Computer, electronic and optical products" exports have fallen by £4.7bn,or 71%, between 2002 and 2016
Image: Exports to non-EU destination have seen the highest increase between 2002 and 2016 at, 90%
Image: 57% of international exports went to non-EU countries in 2016
Image: The EU was the largest international export region for Scotland in 2016
Image: The Netherlands was the largest export destination in the EU for Scotland in 2016
Image: Since 2005 exports to the EU have increased by £3.7bn
Image: "Manufacturing" is the only broad sector which exports more to international markets than to the rest of the UK
Image: "Education" is the only services sector which exports more international than to the rest of the UK
Image: The "Spirits" sub-sector has the highest proportion of exports going to non-EU destination
Image: Scottish international exports have increased by 24% between 2010 and 2017
Image: Total exports have grown by 21% between 2002 and 2016 in real terms
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