Reality Check: Does the UK export many of its services?

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The claim: The huge bulk of services produced in the UK economy are not traded globally.

Reality Check decision: That holds true. The large bulk of items produced in the UK are not traded globally either.

Chancellor Philip Hammond was on BBC Radio 4 on Monday early morning discussing the propositions in Prime Minister Theresa May’s Chequers offer.

It was recommended to him that it was an issue that the offer did not consist of any plans for the services sector, which represents 80% of the output of the UK economy.

Mr Hammond stated that while services do undoubtedly represent 80% of the economy – “the large bulk of those services are not traded.”

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Is that real? The Office for National Statistics approximates – based upon these input output tables – that in 2014, which is the most current year they’ve worked it out for, exports of services represented 6.8% of domestic output.

So Mr Hammond is best – the large bulk of UK services are not traded globally.

Plumbers and window cleaners

The ramification of the chancellor’s claim is that services are differentiated from items by how little they are exported.

But if you do the exact same computation with products, it ends up that simply 8.2% of locally produced items are exported. That’s a somewhat greater percentage than services, however the large bulk of products are likewise not traded globally.

Mr Hammond likewise validated the exemption of services from Chequers by stating that it would not be an excellent concept to accept embrace the EU’s guideline book in the service sector due to the fact that “the guideline book is progressing in such a way that we can’t forecast and which might be adverse to our services”.

And he mentioned that regional plumbings and window cleaners do not supply services in the EU. Which parts of the service sector do?

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The ONS Pink Book divides up services exports into classifications. This is determined in a various method to the figures above, it is a quite great guide to which are the huge sectors.

Somewhat aggravatingly, the most significant classification – representing 29% of service exports in 2017 – is “other organisation”, that includes sub-categories such as research study and advancement services, management consulting and other service services.

Next on the list at 22% is monetary services. The chancellor stated that in those locations where the UK does trade its services overseas, the federal government would be attempting to “make plans with the European Union beyond the primary proposition for products, which will enable us continued access to each other’s markets however on more minimal terms”, which would imply not abiding by each other’s guideline books.

Travel services represent 14% while transportation services are 11%. To comprehend the difference, if someone checks out the UK, the method they get here counts as transportation while any services they utilize such as dining establishments or hotels count as travel.

According to the Pink Book, exports of services in 2015 deserved £ 277bn, while exports of products deserved £ 339bn.

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