Scotland’s exports rose 4.3% to £87bn in 2019

Scotland’s total exports to international markets and the rest of the UK in 2019 — excluding oil and gas — are estimated to have been £87.1 billion, up £3.6 billion or 4.3% from the previous year, according to Scotland’s Chief Statistician.

Exports to the rest of the UK accounted for 60% of this overall total, with exports to the EU comprising 19% and non-EU international exports accounting for 21%.

Scotland’s exports to the rest of the UK rose 5% to £52 billion driven by increased exports from the utilities sector — up 33.6% — due to strong growth in Scotland’s electricity exports to the rest of the UK.

The US continued to be Scotland’s top international export destination.

Exports to the US were valued at £6 billion and accounted for 17% of total international exports in 2019.

The rest of the top five export destination countries in 2019 were in the EU with France at £2.9 billion, Netherlands at £2.7 billion, Germany at £2.4 billion and Ireland at £1.4 billion.

These official estimates of Scotland’s exports for 2019 includes both the services and manufacturing sectors of the Scottish economy — but exclude oil and gas.