Switzerland, China and South Korea are among the U.K.’s fastest growing export partners, according to researchers.
The U.K.’s fastest growing markets are, in descending order, Switzerland, China, Saudi Arabia, Hong Kong and South Korea, with U.K. exports to these five countries worth $71 billion last year, a study by Wyelands Bank and Global Trade Review, published Monday, stated.
The report predicted that the export growth rate to Switzerland and China was 3.6 percent a year through to 2021 and could reach 2.9 percent to Saudi Arabia in the same period.
“The projected growth means that these markets could generate an extra $2.1 billion a year for U.K. exports,” the report commissioned by Wyelands Bank, which was set up to help the U.K.’s small and medium-sized businesses grow, said.
At a time when the U.K. is negotiating its future trade relationship with the European Union (EU) as it prepares to leave the 28-country economic and political bloc, focus is being placed on whether the U.K. could stay in some sort of customs union.
Downing Street has ruled out such membership, preferring to be able to negotiate free trade deals with the rest of the world, but the majority of members in the upper house of the U.K.’s parliament, the House of Lords, have voted against that, forcing a debate on the issue.