This section covers data on the UK’s overseas trade and the overall balance of payments.  Exports of wool are available as far back as the C13th with other data on imports and exports available from the Port Books until official customs data begin in 1696. The customs data are based on official values that were changed relatively infrequently (if at all) during the C18th and are thought better reflections of trade volumes rather than values.   Official data on the value of exports and imports begin in 1854 though these have been taken back to the late C18th through the work of scholars such Albert Imlah, Ralph Davis and Javier Cuenca Estaban.  The Bank’s Millennium of Data spreadsheet summarises much of the historical and official data available.  This is backed up by digitised historical publications such as Elizabeth Schumpeter’s English Overseas Trade Statistics, the Trade and Navigation Accounts and the Annual Pink Book.

All files are pdf, unless otherwise stated. File sizes greater than 25MB are indicated.

The overseas trade section of Millennium of Macroeconomic Data v3.1 (xls), has a considerable amount of aggregate and disaggregated trade data derived from the work of numerous scholars which stretch back to the C13th. Some of the key summary data are available to visualise via FRED

Other useful compendia of trade statistics for the C19th and interwar periods can be found below:
TO BE UPDATED All files are pdf, unless otherwise stated. File sizes greater than 25MB are indicated.
TO BE UPDATED All files are pdf, unless otherwise stated. File sizes greater than 25MB are indicated.
Board of Trade - Report On Overseas Trade Apr-Dec 1948 No File
Board of Trade - Report On Overseas Trade Feb-Dec 1950 No File
Board of Trade - Report On Overseas Trade Jan-Dec 1951 No File
Board of Trade - Report On Overseas Trade Jan-Dec 1952 No File
Board of Trade - Report on Overseas Trade Jan-Dec 1953 No File
Board of Trade - Report on Overseas Trade Jan-Dec 1954 No File
Board of Trade - Report on Overseas Trade Jan-Dec 1955 No File
Board of Trade - Report on Overseas Trade Jan-Dec 1956 No File
Board of Trade - Report On Overseas Trade Jan-Dec 1957 No File
Board of Trade - Report On Overseas Trade Jan-Dec 1958 No File
Board of Trade - Report On Overseas Trade Jan-Dec 1959 No File
Board of Trade - Report On Overseas Trade Jan-Dec 1960 No File
Board of Trade - Report On Overseas Trade Jan-Dec 1961 No File
Board of Trade - Report on Overseas Trade Jan-Dec 1962 No File
Board of Trade - Report on Overseas Trade Jan-Dec 1963 No File
Board of Trade - Report on Overseas Trade Jan-Dec 1964 No File
Board of Trade - Report on Overseas Trade Jan-Dec 1965 No File
Board of Trade - Report on Overseas Trade Jan-Dec 1966 No File
Board of Trade - Report on Overseas Trade Jan-Dec 1967 No File
Board of Trade - Report on Overseas Trade Jan-Dec 1968 No File
Board of Trade - Report On Overseas Trade Jan-Dec 1969 No File
Board of Trade - Report On Overseas Trade Jan-Feb 1970-1971 No File
Board of Trade - Report On Overseas Trade Jan-Nov 1949 No File
United Kingdom Balance of Payments 1946-1957 No File
United Kingdom Balance of Payments 1955-1958 No File
United Kingdom Balance of Payments 1956-1959 No File
United Kingdom Balance of Payments 1957-1960 No File
United Kingdom Balance of Payments 1958-1961 No File
United Kingdom Balance of Payments 1959-1962 No File
United Kingdom Balance of Payments 1963 No File
United Kingdom Balance of Payments 1963-1973 No File
United Kingdom Balance of Payments 1964 No File
United Kingdom Balance of Payments 1964-1974 No File
United Kingdom Balance of Payments 1965 No File
United Kingdom Balance of Payments 1965-1975 No File
United Kingdom Balance of Payments 1966 No File
United Kingdom Balance of Payments 1966-1976 No File
United Kingdom Balance of Payments 1967 No File
United Kingdom Balance of Payments 1967-1977 No File
United Kingdom Balance of Payments 1968 No File
United Kingdom Balance of Payments 1969 No File
United Kingdom Balance of Payments 1970 No File
United Kingdom Balance of Payments 1971 No File
United Kingdom Balance of Payments 1972 No File
United Kingdom Balance of Payments 1973 No File
United Kingdom Balance of Payments 1979 No File
United Kingdom Balance of Payments 1980 No File
United Kingdom Balance of Payments 1981 No File
United Kingdom Balance of Payments 1982 No File
United Kingdom Balance of Payments 1983 No File
United Kingdom Balance of Payments 1984 No File
United Kingdom Balance of Payments 1985 No File
United Kingdom Balance of Payments 1986 No File
United Kingdom Balance of Payments 1987 No File
United Kingdom Balance of Payments 1988 No File
United Kingdom Balance of Payments 1989 No File
United Kingdom Balance of Payments 1990 No File
United Kingdom Balance of Payments 1991 No File
United Kingdom Balance of Payments 1992 No File
United Kingdom Balance of Payments 1993 No File
United Kingdom Balance of Payments 1994 No File
United Kingdom Balance of Payments 1995 No File
United Kingdom Balance of Payments 1996 No File
United Kingdom Balance of Payments 1997 No File
United Kingdom Balance of Payments 1998 No File
United Kingdom Balance of Payments 1999 No File
United Kingdom Balance of Payments 2000 No File
United Kingdom Balance of Payments 2001 No File
United Kingdom Balance of Payments 2002 No File
United Kingdom Balance of Payments 2003 No File
United Kingdom Balance of Payments 2004 No File
United Kingdom Balance of Payments 2005 No File
United Kingdom Balance of Payments 2006 No File
United Kingdom Balance of Payments 2007 No File
United Kingdom Balance of Payments 2008 No File
United Kingdom Balance of Payments 2009 No File
United Kingdom Balance of Payments 2010 No File
United Kingdom Balance of Payments 2011 No File
United Kingdom Balance of Payments 2012 No File
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