Date lodged: 13 July 2016
To ask the Scottish Government whether all (a) food and drink and (b) other goods from Scotland that are exported via ports in the rest of the UK are identified as Scottish exports.
Answered by: Fiona Hyslop 2 August 2016
The Scottish Government produces a National Statistics publication, Export Statistics Scotland, which estimates the nominal value of Scottish exports, including food and drink and other goods. These estimates are based on the economic activity of the Scottish branches/operations of companies and are, therefore, independent of the ports through which goods exported from Scotland leave the UK.
HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) also publish quarterly estimates of Scottish goods exports by commodity and destination country. Trade is allocated by the postcode associated with a company’s VAT registration and again, independent of any port used to export.