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Give us the tools and we’ll finish the job, says Heathrow

[ November 13, 2015   //   ]

Heathrow airport has published research which it says shows that if it had unconstrained capacity, its exports by value to China would overtake those to the US and become the biggest destination within two years.

The research, shared as part of British Export Week on 9-13 November), detailed the value and weight of British exports transported via Heathrow over the past three years, making it the biggest port in the UK by goods value, between August 2014 and July 2015 and the two preceding 12 month periods. It showed that over £7 billion worth of British exports via Heathrow travelled to China between August 2014 and July 2015,a 117% increase on the previous 12 months and over 15% of total UK exports via Heathrow by value.

Some £48 million worth of British goods were exported through Heathrow between August 2014 and July 2015, a 9.7% increase on the previous 12 months, and representing 26% of all UK exports by value.

Vaccines for human medicine are the UK’s sixth most valuable export via Heathrow and have risen rising by 97% and 87% respectively over the previous two years in the recent world health crises.

The report also found that the value of Jewellery exported via Heathrow has increased 18% over the past two years, while paintings and drawings have grown 60% in the last year alone

Fresh salmon is the UK’s number one export by weight via Heathrow, with 46,000 tonnes exported in the most recent 12 month period,, followed by books and brochures at over 20,000 tonnes exported in the 12 months leading up to July 2015. Overcoats and raincoats are one of the biggest growth exports by weight via Heathrow, with a 60% growth on 2014 figures, highlighting the continued growth of the British fashion and design sector – or maybe just the British weather.