Published by The Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body
Scotland's exports 2017
Author: Andrew Aiton and Kayleigh Finnigan
Published: Friday 15 Mar 2019 (SB 19-13)
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 manufactured goods 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: Executive Summary
Image: The value of Scotland's exports is equivalent to around half of Scottish GDP
Image: Total exports from Scotland increased by £32.3 billion between 2002 and 2017
Image: Services made up the majority of total exports from Scotland in 2017
Image: “Services” saw the largest increase between 2002 and 2017, increasing by £20.3 billion
Image: “Financial and insurance” exports were the most valuable of the service sector in 2017
Image: “Financial and Insurance” services saw the largest increase in total exports value between 2002 and 2017
Image: “Food and Drink” exports were the most valuable of the manufacturing sector in 2017
Image: "Computer, electronic and optical products" exports fell by £3.8 billion,or 57%, between 2002 and 2017
Image: Exports to the rest of the UK increased by £20.3 billion between 2002 and 2017
Image: 54% of international exports went to non-EU countries in 2017
Image: The EU was the largest international export region for Scotland in 2017
Image: The Netherlands was the largest export destination in the EU for Scotland in 2017
Image: Since 2005 exports to the EU have increased by £5.8 billion
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 internationally than to the rest of the UK
Image: The "Spirits" sub-sector has the highest proportion of exports going to non-EU destination
Image: The Scottish Government have missed their international exports target
Image: Total exports grew by 23% between 2002 and 2017 in real terms
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