Fact sheet: EU-UK automobile trade

The United Kingdom has been an integral part of the European automotive industry for decades. Both motor vehicle manufacturers and their suppliers depend on cross-Channel trade in their supply chains.

As this fact sheet shows, the EU and UK automotive industries are closely interwoven.

  • 51% of all exported UK‐made motor vehicles headed to the European Union in 2019.
  • In fact, 8 out of 10 motor vehicles produced in the United Kingdom are exported.
  • The other way around, only 3 out of 10 motor vehicles made in the European Union are exported (32.2%), with roughly one third of total EU27 vehicle exports heading to the UK.
  • The EU represents 81% of the UK’s motor vehicle imports by volume.


Content type Fact
Vehicle types All vehicles
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