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Commerce between the UK and Germany collapsed in January, as new German figures present, as the 2 nations adjusted to life after Brexit amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
Figures launched this morning by the German Federal Statistics Company (Destatis) present that German exports to the UK have fallen by 29.0% to 4.3 billion euros in January 2021, in comparison with a yr in the past.
German imports from the UK fell much more sharply – down 56.2% to 1.6 billion euros in comparison with January 2020 (simply earlier than Covid-19 hit the worldwide economic system).
It was the primary month the UK traded with EU nations underneath the Brexit Free Commerce Settlement. Motor carriers had warned that export volumes fell in January, following a storage rush in late 2020 that resulted in large delays at ports.
On 1 January 2021, the partnership settlement negotiated between the EU and the UK took impact on a provisional foundation. With the UK having left the EU single market and customs union, its withdrawal from the EU is now full.
General, German exports to the remainder of the world fell by 8% year-over-year in January in comparison with a yr in the past, as imports fell by 9.8% – an indication of the impression of the Covid-19 pandemic on international commerce over the previous 12 months.
This inflated Germany’s general international commerce surplus to 14.3 billion euros, from 13.7 billion euros in January 2020.
However … commerce with China has resumed, as its economic system has emerged from the pandemic lockdown sooner than the worldwide economic system as an entire.
In January 2021, exports to the Folks’s Republic of China elevated 3.1% to 7.5 billion euros in comparison with January 2020. Exports to the US fell 6.2% to eight, 5 billion euros.
As of January 2021, most of Germany’s imports got here from the Folks’s Republic of China. Items price 10.5 billion euros had been imported (+ 1.1% in comparison with the identical month of the earlier yr). Imports from the US fell 22.8% to 4.7 billion euros in January 2021.
Destatis additionally estimates that commerce with the remainder of the world was down in February, albeit at a slower contraction than in January.
Primarily based on provisional knowledge, the Federal Statistical Workplace (Destatis) additionally studies that after calendar and seasonal adjustment, exports had been 3.3% and imports 5.2% decrease than in February 2020 , the month earlier than restrictions had been imposed as a result of coronavirus pandemic in Germany.
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- 10 a.m. GMT: GDP of the euro zone for This autumn 2020 (third estimate)