Developing countries' and least developed countries' share of UK imports


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Source: Office for National Statistics

Geographical Area: United Kingdom

Unit of Measurement: Percentage (%)

Footnote: Please note that 'Least developed countries' refers to a subset of developing countries, and therefore are included in the developing country figures.

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Indicator available

Developing countries’ and least developed countries’ share of UK imports

Indicator description

Developing countries’ and least developed countries’ share of UK imports, including both goods and services

Geographical coverage

United Kingdom

Unit of measurement

Percentage (%)


Developing countries include all countries eligible for official development assistance (ODA), including least developed countries (LDCs). For a full list of ODA recipients and LDCs, please see the OECD website. Note that the list gets revised every three years and this is taken into account in the calculations (for example, some countries have graduated from LDC status since 2018).

Available disaggregations

Share of total imports calculated separately for countries from ODA list, LDC, and ODA excluding imports from China - (Share of total imports/Total imports) * 100

Other information

The trade figures used for the calculation of this indicator are subject to revision aligned with National Accounts policy. This indicator is being used as an approximation of the UN SDG Indicator. Where possible, we will work to identify or develop UK data to meet the global indicator specification. This indicator has been identified in collaboration with topic experts.

Data last updated 03 December 2021
Metadata last updated 03 December 2021

This table provides information on metadata for SDG indicators as defined by the UN Statistical Commission. Complete global metadata is provided by the UN Statistics Division.

Indicator name

Developing countries’ and least developed countries’ share of global exports

Target name

Significantly increase the exports of developing countries, in particular with a view to doubling the least developed countries’ share of global exports by 2020

Global indicator description
UN designated tier

Tier I

UN custodian agency

World Trade Organization (WTO), The International Trade Centre (ITC), United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)

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Office for National Statistics



Earliest available data


Geographical coverage

United Kingdom

Link to data source UK total trade - all countries, non-seasonally adjusted opens in a new window
Release date 04 November 2020
Next release


Statistical classification

National Statistic

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