USA is UK’s top exporting hotspot, reports Royal Mail

The USA, the largest economy in the world*, is the UK’s top exporting hotspot for business parcels, according to Royal Mail data for the financial year 2017/18. France and Germany take the second and third spots, respectively. Australia takes fourth and Ireland fifth place. The USA has been the UK’s top exporting hotspot for the last four years. France and Germany have also featured in the top five for UK business parcels over this time period. With global reach and the leading enabler of ecommerce in the UK, Royal Mail is well placed to observe trends across the industry.

When it comes to letters, UK businesses send the most to Germany, Ireland and France. USA and Australia also feature in the top five. Ireland has been in the top two for the last four years.

The top five countries that the UK imports goods from remains unchanged over the last three years. China leads the way followed by Germany, USA, Netherlands and Switzerland. For letters, the most inbound have come from USA for the last three years. France and Germany are also in the top three destinations.

A spokesperson for Royal Mail Parcels said “Ecommerce is becoming increasingly globalised in today’s market. Exporting and importing is key for many businesses and it is crucial that they select a delivery partner that is committed to a secure and efficient service. Royal Mail’s scale and global reach make us the natural choice for such businesses.”

Export business parcels

  2017/18 2016/17 2015/16 2014/15
2 France France Germany France
3 Germany Germany Australia Germany
4 Australia Canada France Australia
5 Ireland Italy Ireland Ireland
6 Canada Australia Canada Italy
7 Italy Ireland Italy Canada
8 Spain Spain Norway Norway
9 Japan Japan Switzerland Spain
10 China China China Belgium

Export business letters

  2017/18 2016/17 2015/16 2014/15
1 Germany Ireland Ireland Ireland
2 Ireland France Germany Germany
3 France USA USA France
4 USA Germany France USA
5 Australia Australia Australia Australia
6 Italy Italy Italy Italy
7 Spain Spain Canada Spain
8 Canada Canada Spain Canada
9 Japan Japan Switzerland Switzerland
10 Switzerland Switzerland Netherlands Belgium


Import parcels


  2017/18 2016/17 2015/16
1 China China China
2 Germany Germany Germany
4 Netherlands Netherlands Netherlands
5 Switzerland Switzerland Switzerland
6 Ireland Ireland Ireland
7 Belgium Hong Kong Hong Kong
8 Hong Kong Belgium Singapore
9 France Australia Belgium
10 Australia France Australia

Import letters

  2017/18 2016/17 2015/16
2 Germany France Germany
3 France Germany France
4 Switzerland Australia Australia
5 Ireland Switzerland Ireland
6 Netherlands Ireland Switzerland
7 Australia Netherlands Netherlands
8 Canada Canada Canada
9 Spain Spain Spain
10 Malaysia Sweden Malaysia