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CEP discussion paper

The Geography of UK International Trade


This paper examines how the geography of UK international trade has changed since the UK¿s accession to the European Economic Community using a newly constructed data set that gives a detailed breakdown of the UK¿s imports and exports by both port of entry and exit and commodity. Our results suggest that between 1970 and 1992 overall imports and exports re-orientated in favour of ports located nearer to the continent. The vast majority of individual commodities also saw a similar re-orientation.


Henry Overman and L. Alan Winters

January 2004     Paper Number CEPDP0606

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This CEP discussion paper is published under the centre's Trade programme.