Various sources are available in relation to trade statistics. These are available on either a monthly, quarterly or annual basis depending on the source.
Users should note that each source is collected for a different purpose and via different methods. As such figures will not match across different sources and users should avoid mixing and matching the different sources when undertaking analysis. Users should also read the background information for each source prior to any analysis in order to understand the strengths and limitations.
NISRA Supply-Use Tables
These experimental statistics provide product level trade data based on a combination of information from the BESES combined with HMRC, ONS and DAERA to produce an overall picture of NI trade in products to/from broad destinations/origins.
Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA)
DAERA produce estimates of imports and exports of specific food and drink products by destination/origin including GB in the Size and performance of the NI food and drinks processing sector report.
- Size and Performance of the NI Food and Drinks Processing Sector
- Statistical Review of Northern Ireland Agriculture
Office for National Statistics (ONS)
ONS have a variety of sources of trade statistics available.
The different publications provide different levels of classification (for example product, service type, industry), and different levels of bilateral trade breakdown (for example EU/Non-EU/individual countries).
The data is available at different frequencies (for example annual, quarterly or monthly) depending on the output.
HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) Trade in Goods data
HMRC release the Overseas Trade and the Regional Trade Statistics containing monthly, quarterly and annual trade in goods statistics compiled from administrative data collected by HMRC. Data is available at nations level and is also split by the sub-regions of the UK.
- HMRC UK Trade info
- UK Regions Imports and Exports of Goods by Country and World Region
- Northern Ireland Monthly International Trade in Goods Dashboard
Department for International Trade (DIT)
DIT produces a Trade and Investment core statistics book (UK level only) which provides a snapshot of the UK’s trade and investment position, summarising trade statistics produced by ONS, HMRC, DIT and others.