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Monitoring imports of fruit and veg into the UK

What we did

Using the Office of National Statistics (ONS) country by commodity trade statistics we filtered the dataset (which shows the amount to the nearest million in import value) for our six spotlight countries, and then focused on fruit and vegetable imports only, according to commodity codes based on the statistical classifications for traded goods set out by the United Nations.

We’ve focussed on six countries: Spain, the Netherlands, South Africa, the Republic of Ireland, Chile, and Costa Rica which together supplied 63.4% of all UK veg imports and 48.6% of fruit imports in 2018.

These data are not seasonally adjusted, and are reported in pound sterling, rounded to the nearest million. We’ve compared the total value of imports for our six countries to the same timepoint in both 2019 and 2018, as well comparing the month on month percentage change in imports from each of countries individually to the same month in 2019.

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