Germany’s exports to UK continue to decline in 2021

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One year after the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union (EU), Germany’s exports to the UK decreased by 2.5 per cent year-on-year to 65.4 billion euros ($72 billion) in 2021, the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) said.

In 2020, the first year of the Covid-19 pandemic, Germany’s exports to the UK had already plummeted by 15.3 per cent, reports Xinhua news agency.

After the UK ceased to be part of the EU’s single market, the two sides concluded a comprehensive trade and cooperation agreement, which entered into force on January 1, 2021.

In 2021, the UK fell from fifth to eighth place in terms of exports and from 11th to 13th place in terms of imports in the ranking of Germany’s most important trading partners Destatis said.

“Brexit has had an unfavourable impact on trade between the EU and the United Kingdom,” the German ifo Institute said on Friday.

Although the trade and cooperation agreement did manage to avoid higher tariffs, barriers such as inspection certificates as well as other documents and requirements “make the border crossing more time-consuming and complicated, resulting in higher trade costs”, the ifo Institute said.

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