US$ 30,254mn
FDI equity inflow over April 2000 - March 2021

US$13.11bn

bilateral trade during FY 2020-21

1.8mn
Overseas Indians living in the UK

6th

largest economy in the world, with a GDP of US$ 2.7 trillion

5th

UK is the 5th largest inward investor in India, after Mauritius, Singapore, Japan and The Netherlands, over the period April 2000-March 2019.

17th

UK is among India’s major trading partners (imports and exports), ranked 17th in 2017-18

Partnerships

New partnership initiatives include telecom, manufacturing, education, R&D and defence, A IndiaUK Tech Alliance between NASSCOM and Tech UK, a UK-India Tech hub, UK-India Tech Cluster partnerships, Advanced Manufacturing Centre in India and collaborations in Artificial Intelligence and Digital Healthcare are on the anvil.

Startup Launchpad

The UK-India Startup Launchpad is an initiative to foster deeper collaboration between two leading start-up ecosystems

Competitiveness

UK is the 8th most competitive nation in the world out of 140 countries ranked in the Global Competitiveness Report 2018 published by the World Economic Forum

India's Exports and Imports to United Kingdom

British Chambers of Commerce

+44-20-7654-5800

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65 Petty France London SW1H 9EU

UK India Business Council

+44-20-7592-3040

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16th Floor, Tower 9A, Cyber City, DLF City Phase II, Gurgaon Haryana – 122002

Indian Trade Promotion Organisation

+91-11-23371540

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Pragati Bhawan, Pragati Maidan New Delhi-110001 (INDIA)

High Commission of India, London

+44-20-8629-5950

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India House, Aldwych,
London WC2B 4NA,
United Kingdom

Consulate General of India, Birmingham

+44-7405158288

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Darnley Road, Birmingham B16 8TE

Consulate General of India, Edinburgh

+44-131-229-2144

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Address : Consulate General of India, 17 Rutland Square, Edinburgh EH1 2BB,UK

Commercial Representative

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+44-77-9080-8299

Mr. Hitesh Saxena
Consul (HOC) & Commerce and Commercial Representative

Opportunities

Agricultural exports

    Apple juice (excl. of 2009.71), unfermented & not cont. added spirit, wheth … (200979)
    Apple juice, of a Brix value not >20, unfermented & not cont. added spirit, … (200971)
    Mixtures of juices, unfermented & not cont. added spirit, whether or not co … (200990)
    Orange juice, not frozen (excl. of 2009.19), unfermented & not cont. added … (200919)
    Orange juice, not frozen, of a Brix value not >20, unfermented & not cont. … (200912)
    Other juices (200989)
    Protein concs. & textured protein subs. (210610)

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    Beer made from malt (220300)
    Fermented beverages (e.g., cider, perry, mead), n.e.s.; mixts. of fermented … (220600)
    Liqueurs & cordials (220870)
    Mineral waters (nat./art.) & aerated waters, not cont. added sugar/oth. swe … (220110)
    Non-alcoholic beverages other than waters of 2202.10 (not incl. fruit/veg. … (220290)
    Rum & tafia (220840)
    Sparkling wine of fresh grapes (220410)
    Spirits obt. by distilling grape wine/grape marc (220820)
    Vodka (220860)
    Waters, incl. min. waters & aerated waters, cont. added sugar/oth. sweeteni … (220210)
    Whiskies (220830)
    Wine other than sparkling wine of fresh grapes, incl. fortified; grape must with fermentation prevented/arrested by the addition of alcohol, in containters of >10 l (220429)
    Wine other than sparkling wine of fresh grapes, incl. fortified; grape must with fermentation prevented/arrested by the addition of alcohol, in containters of 2 l/less (220421)

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    Bellies (streaky) & cuts thereof , of swine, salted/in brine/dried/smoked (021012)
    Birds’ eggs, not in shell (excl. yolks), other than dried, whether or not c … (040899)
    Carcasses/half-carcasses of bovine animals, fresh/chilled (020110)
    Cuts & edible offal of species gallus domesticus, fresh/chilled (020713)
    Cuts & edible offal of species Gallus domesticus, frozen (020714)
    Cuts & edible offal of turkey, fresh/chilled (020726)
    Edible parts of plants, prepd./presvd., whether or not cont. added sugar/ot … (200899)
    Hams & cuts thereof (160241)
    Hams, shoulders & cuts thereof , fresh/chilled, bone-in (020312)
    Meat of bovine animals, fresh/chilled (excl. of 0201.10), bone-in (020120)
    Meat of bovine animals, fresh/chilled, boneless (020130)
    Meat of bovine animals, frozen, boneless (020230)
    Meat of fowls of species Gallus domesticus, not cut in pieces, fresh/chille … (020711)
    Meat of fowls of species gallus domesticus, not cut in pieces, frozen (020712)
    Meat of sheep (excl. lamb & carcasses), fresh/chilled, bone-in (020422)
    Meat of sheep (excl. lamb & carcasses), frozen, bone-in (020442)
    Meat of sheep (excl. lamb), fresh/chilled, boneless (020423)
    Meat of sheep (excl. lamb), frozen, boneless (020443)
    Meat of swine (excl. carcasses/half-carcasses/hams/shoulders & cuts thereof ), fresh/chilled (020319)
    Meat of swine (excl. carcasses/half-carcasses/hams/shoulders & cuts thereof ), froxen (020329)
    Meat of swine (excl. hams/shoulders & cuts thereof & bellies (streaky) & cu … (021019)
    Sausages & sim. prods., of meat/meat offal/blood; food preps. based on thes … (160100)

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    Bread, pastry, cakes, biscuits & oth. bakers’ wares n.e.s. in Ch.19, whethe … (190590)
    Sugar confectionery other than chewing gum (incl. white chocolate), not con … (170490)
    Sugars, incl. invert sugar & oth. sugar & sugar syrup blends cont. in the d … (170290)
    Sweet biscuits (190531)

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    CHMCLY PURE GLUCOS AND ITS SYRP WITHOUT OR WITH < 20% BY WGT OF FRACTOS IN DRY STATE (170230)
    Undenatured ethyl alcohol of an alcoholic strength by volume <80%vol; oth. ... (220890)
    Undenatured ethyl alcohol of an alcoholic strength by volume of 80% vol. (220710)

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    Chocolate & oth. food preps. cont. cocoa (excl. of 1803.10-1806.10), in blo … (180620)
    Chocolate & oth. food preps. cont. cocoa (excl. of 1806.20-1806.32) (180690)
    Chocolate & oth. food preps. cont. cocoa, in blocks/slabs/bars, weighing 2k … (180631)
    Chocolate & oth. food preps. cont. cocoa, in blocks/slabs/bars, weighing 2k … (180632)
    Cocoa beans, whole/broken, raw/roasted (180100)
    Cocoa butter, fat & oil (180400)
    Cocoa paste, not defatted (180310)
    Cocoa powder, not cont. added sugar/oth. sweetening matter (180500)

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    Butter (040510)
    Buttermilk/curdled milk & cream/kephir & oth. fermented/acidified milk & cr … (040390)
    Cheese (excl. of 0406.10-0406.40) (040690)
    Fresh (unripened/uncured) cheese, incl. whey cheese, & curd (040610)
    Grated/powdered cheese, of all kinds (040620)
    Ice cream & oth. edible ice, whether or not cont. cocoa (210500)
    Milk & cream, concentrated (excl. in powder), sweetened (040299)
    Milk & cream, not concentrated/sweetened, fat content by wt. >1% but not >6 … (040120)
    MILK ALBUMIN INCLDNG CONCENTRATES OF TWO OR MORE WHEY PROTEINS (350220)
    MILK AND CREAM, NT CONCENTRATED NOR CONTAIN ADDED SUGAR/ OTHER SWEETENING MATTER OF A FAT CONTENT, BY WEIGHT, > 10% (040150)
    Milk in powder/granules/oth. solid form, fat content by wt. not >1.5% (040210)
    Milk in powder/granules/oth. solid form, unsweetened, fat content by wt. >1 … (040221)
    Processed cheese, not grated/powdered (040630)
    Yogurt (040310)

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    Pasta (excl. of 1902.11-1902.20) (190230)
    Stuffed pasta, whether or not cooked/othw. prepd. (190220)
    Uncooked pasta, not stuffed/othw. prepd., cont. eggs (190211)
    Uncooked pasta, not stuffed/othw. prepd., not cont. eggs (190219)
    Waffles & wafers (190532)

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    Carnations (060312)
    CHRYSANTHEMUMS (060314)
    Cut flowers & flower buds of a kind suit. for bouquets/ornamental purps., d … (060390)
    CUT FLOWERS AND FLOWER BUDS FRESH, DRIED, DYED, BLEACHED, IMPREGNATED OR OTHERWISE PREPARED OF LILIES (LILIUM SPP.) (060315)
    ROSES (060311)

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    Apples, fresh (080810)
    Asparagus, fresh/chilled (070920)
    Avocados, fresh/dried (080440)
    BANANAS FRSH OR DRIED (080390)
    Bulbs, tubers, tuberous roots, corms, crowns & rhizomes, dormant (060110)
    Cabbage lettuce (head lettuce), fresh/chilled (070511)
    Cauliflowers & headed broccoli, fresh/chilled (070410)
    Cranberries, bilberries & oth. fruits of the genus Vaccinium, fresh (081040)
    Cucumbers & gherkins, fresh/chilled (070700)
    Dates, fresh/dried (080410)
    Dried fruit (excl. of 08.01-08.06 & 0813.10-0813.30) (081340)
    Fresh fruit, n.e.s. (081090)
    Fruit & nuts, n.e.s., uncooked/cooked by steaming/boiling in water, frozen, … (081190)
    Fruits of the genera Capsicum/Pimenta, fresh/chilled (070960)
    Garlic, fresh/chilled (070320)
    Grapes, dried (080620)
    Grapes, fresh (080610)
    Guavas, mangoes & mangosteens, fresh/dried (080450)
    Kiwifruit, fresh (081050)
    Lemons (citrus limon/limonum) & limes (citrus aurantifolia/latifolia), fres … (080550)
    Lettuce (Lactuca sativa) (excl. cabbage lettuce) fresh/chilled (070519)
    Live plants, n.e.s., incl. their roots; mushroom spawn (060290)
    Mandarins, incl. tangerines & satsumas; clementines, wilkings & sim. citrus … (080520)
    Melons (excl. watermelons), fresh (080719)
    Mushrooms of the genus Agaricus, fresh/chilled (070951)
    Olives, presvd./presvd. othw. than by vinegar/acetic acid, not frozen, othe … (200570)
    Onions & shallots, fresh/chilled (070310)
    Oranges, fresh/dried (080510)
    Other – cherries: (080929)
    Other cane sugar: (170114)
    Peaches, incl. nectarines, fresh (080930)
    PEARS- FRESH (080830)
    Pineapples, fresh/dried (080430)
    Plums & sloes, fresh (080940)
    Potatoes other than seed potatoes, fresh/chilled (070190)
    Potatoes, prepd./presvd. othw. than by vinegar/acetic acid, frozen, other t … (200410)
    Potatoes, prepd./presvd. othw. than by vinegar/acetic acid, not frozen, oth … (200520)
    Potatoes, uncooked/cooked by steaming/boiling in water, frozen (071010)
    Pumpkins, squash and gourds (cucurbita spp.)- fruits (070993)
    Raspberries, blackberries, mulberries & loganberries, fresh (081020)
    Raspberries, blackberries, mulberries, loganberries, black/white/red curran … (081120)
    Strawberries, fresh (081010)
    Sweet corn (Zea mays var. saccharata), prepd./presvd. othw. than by vinegar … (200580)
    Sweet potatoes (071420)
    Tomatoes, fresh/chilled (070200)
    Tomatoes, prepd./presvd. othw. than by vinegar/acetic acid, other than whol … (200290)
    Tomatoes, prepd./presvd. othw. than by vinegar/acetic acid, whole/in pieces … (200210)
    Vegetable seeds, of a kind used for sowing (120991)
    Vegetables & mixts. of vegetables, presvd./presvd. othw. than by vinegar/ac … (200490)
    Vegetables, fruit, nuts & oth. edible parts of plants (excl. cucumbers & gh … (200190)
    Vegetables, n.e.s., uncooked/cooked by steaming/boiling in water, frozen (071080)
    Watermelons, fresh (080711)

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    Beans (Vigna spp., Phaseolus spp.), shelled, prepd./presvd. othw. than by v … (200551)
    Beans (Vigna spp., Phaseolus spp.), shelled/unshelled, fresh/chilled (070820)
    Chickpeas (garbanzos), dried, shelled, whether or not skinned/split (071320)
    Dried vegetables, n.e.s.; mixts. of dried vegetables, whole/cut/sliced/brok … (071290)
    Kidney beans, incl. white pea beans (phaseolus vulgaris), dried, shelled, w … (071333)
    Other leguminous vegetables, shelled or unshelled, fresh or chilled (070999)
    Peas (Pisum sativum), shelled/unshelled, fresh/chilled (070810)

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    Crustacean preparations; shrimps and prawns, prepared or preserved, not in airtight containers (160521)
    Crustaceans; frozen, shrimps and prawns, excluding cold-water varieties, in shell or not smoked, cooked or not before or during smoking; in shell, cooked by steaming or by boiling in water (030617)
    Fish fillets; frozen, cod (Gadus morhua, Gadus ogac, Gadus macrocephalus) (030471)
    Fish preparations; tunas, skipJack and Atlantic bonito (sarda spp.), prepared or preserved, whole or in pieces (but not minced) (160414)
    Fish; fresh or chilled, Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) and Danube salmon (Hucho hucho), excluding fillets, livers, roes, and other fish meat of heading 0304 (030214)

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    Ground-nut, not roasted or otherwise cooked, whether or not shelled or broken-in shelled whether or not broken (120242)
    Ground-nuts, prepd./presvd., whether or not cont. added/sugar/oth. sweeteni … (200811)
    Mixtures of nuts/dried fruits of ch.8 (081350)
    Nuts (excl. ground-nuts), incl. mixts., prepd./presvd., whether or not cont … (200819)
    Nuts, n.e.s., fresh/dried, whether or not shelled/peeled (080290)
    Walnuts, shelled (080232)

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    OTHER (060319)
    Other (200599)

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    Crispbread (190510)

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    Husked (brown) rice (100620)

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Employment Opportunities

*Information subject to changes amid the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Recent rules have tightened immigration rules for foreigners to live and work in the UK. Also, UK’s exit from Brexit is expected to have an impact on the economy. However, 17% of the workforce in 2018 was foreign born. And, 45% of workers born in India were in high-skilled jobs (especially as IT and communications specialists).

Indian diaspora: 1.5 million people of Indian origin in the UK, equating to almost 1.8 percent of the population contribute 6% of the country’s GDP

More Info: UK Immigration Shortage Occupation List

    Electrical machine design engineer, power electronics engineer, aircraft maintenance and related trades, licensed and military certifying engineer/inspector technicians

    More than 3,000 aerospace companies operate in the UK, and the aerospace sector has the largest number of SME companies in Europe, providing over 282,000 jobs directly and indirectly.

    UK Visa Bureau Shortage of Occupation List

    From painters to plumbers, the construction industry needs more skilled workers. Physical scientists in construction related ground engineering; Engineering geologist and hydrogeologist geophysicist

    In the next five years, over 230,000 construction jobs are expected to be created. Across the industry, this means many new roles will need to be filled. With skills shortages throughout the industry, there has never been a better time to join British building.

    Ministry of Immigration

    Electrical engineers in electricity transmission and distribution:
    power system engineer, control engineer and protection engineer; Physical scientists in nuclear industry waste management and decommissioning; Technical services manager

    As investments increases in the UK energy sector, the future is very bright for jobs in this sector

    UK Visa Bureau Shortage of Occupation List

    Engineering professionals in electricity transmission and distribution such as project engineer and proposals engineer;
    engineering professionals in aerospace such as aerothermal engineer, stress engineer, chief of engineering, advance tool and fixturing engineer, operations manager, and project/planning engineer; Radioactive waste manager, radiological protection advisor and electronics engineers in the railway industry

    There is a shortage in UK for engineers due to lack of engineering graduates. The jobs listed in this year UK’s SOL is given above

    Ministry of ImmigrationUK Visa Bureau Shortage Occupations list for Engineers

    Bio-informatician,Informatician

    The UK financial services sector was the seventh largest in the OECD in 2018 by its proportion of national economic output.

    Ministry of ImmigrationUK Visa Bureau Shortage of Occupation List in this industry

    Doctors, nurses, radiologists and lab technicians, clinical radiology consultant, emergency medicine consultant, old age psychiatry consultant, emergency medicine, old age psychiatry, paediatrics trainees, emergency medicine trainee, core trainee (psychiatry), neurophysiology, healthcare scientist, nuclear medicine scientist, orthotist and prosthetist

    High demand for medical practitioners and nurses, who hold the largest share of migrant workers in the UK

    Ministry of ImmigrationKey government site for health careers

    Executive chef, Head chef, Sous chef, and Specialist chef

    One of UK’s thriving sectors, UK’s hospitality sector employs over 3.2 million people

    Ministry of ImmigrationUK Shortage Occupations List

    IT business analysts, architects, and system designers; Systems engineer in visual effects and 2D/3D computer animation for film, television or, video games; Data scientists; Programmers and software development professionals in visual effects and 2D/3D computer animation for film, television, or video games industries and in the electronics system industry; Software developer, shader writer, games designer

    The UK technology sector is growing more than two-and-a-half times faster than the overall economy and London has been ranked as the second most connected place for tech in the world behind Silicon Valley in the US.

    The digital sector in the UK has seen considerable growth in recent years and contributes substantial value to the economy. The rapid development of fields such as cybersecurity and AI are prime examples of advancements which were previously unforeseeable. There is a huge demand for cyber security professionals.

    Ministry of ImmigrationUK Visa Bureau Shortage Occupations list

    Specialist electronics engineer in automotive manufacturing and design; Design and development engineers in automotive manufacturing and design: Product development engineers and product design engineers

    Britain is the birthplace of the industrial revolution – and remains a leading manufacturing nation today, as well as a world leader in hi-tech sectors such as aerospace. There are 2.6 million people directly employed in manufacturing in the UK,

    Ministry of ImmigrationUK Visa Bureau Shortage of Occupation List in this industry

    Graphic designers in visual effects and 2D/3D computer animation for the film; Television or video games industries require compositing artist to texture artists; Arts officers, producers, and directors in visual effects and 2D/3D computer animation for the film, television or video games industries; 2D supervisor, 3D supervisor, computer graphics supervisor, technical director and visual effects supervisor.

    Orchestral musicians who are leaders, principals, sub-principals or numbered string positions, who meet the standard required by internationally recognised UK orchestras and dancers and choreographers.

    The creative industries are growing faster than any other sector in the UK, and offers a lot of exciting opportunities

    Ministry of ImmigrationUK Visa Bureau Shortage of Occupation List in this industry

    Staff geologist, senior resource geologist, civil engineers in the mining industry and senior mining engineer

    There are around 2,000 mines and quarries in the UK which produce a vast range of materials. From the Highlands to Devon, its minerals industry supports tens of thousands of jobs and contributes billions of pounds to the economy. Technological advances, changes in metal and mineral demand and a commitment to the landscapes in which they lie has allowed new mines to flourish and for many new projects to pop up.

    Ministry of ImmigrationUK Visa Bureau Shortage of Occupation List in this industry

    Physical scientists, geophysicist, geoscientist,geologist and geochemist; Civil engineers in the oil and gas industries and mechanical engineers in oil and gas industries

    UK has some of the world’s largest multinational companies in the oil and gas industry, such as BP, ExxonMobil and Shell, along with many smaller organisations. The industry supports more than 300,000 jobs in the UK, including those throughout the supply chain.

    Ministry of ImmigrationUK Visa Bureau Shortage of Occupation List in this industry

    Secondary education teachers in the following subjects: Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry

    There is a huge demand for secondary education teachers in Britain today. Teachers in maths, physics, science (where an element of physics will be taught), computer science and Mandarin are required.

    Ministry of ImmigrationUK Visa Bureau Shortage of Occupation List in this industry
Minerals

    Production: 194,800 tonnes (2017)

    bgs.ac.uk

    Production: 55,000 tonnes (2017)

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    Production: Gravel and Crushed Stone-104,000 tons
    Export: Gravel and Crushed Stone-US$ 68 mn

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    Production: Ready mixed concrete – 25,063,000 tons (2017)

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    Production: Clay – 5,543,900 tonnes (2017), Ball Clay – 850,000 tonnes (2017), China Clay – 970,000 tonnes (2017)

    bgs.ac.uk

    Production: 3,041,000 tonnes (2017)

    bgs.ac.uk

    Production: 11,000 tonnes (2017)

    bgs.ac.uk

    Production: 1,300,000 tonnes (2017)

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    Production: Iron & Steel – 5,997,000 tonnes (2017)

    bgs.ac.uk

    Production: 750,230 tons
    Export: 215 million tons

    bgs.ac.uk

    Production:  39,977,000 tonnes (2017 – offshore and onshore)

    bgs.ac.uk

    Production: 25,781 tonnes (2017)

    bgs.ac.uk

    Production: 59,824,000 tonnes (2017)

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    Potassium (Polyhalite)
    Production: 500,000 tonnes (2017)

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    Production: 4,500,000 tons
    Export: US$ 51.2 million

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    Production: Silica Sand – 4,490,367 tonnes (2017)

    bgs.ac.uk

    Production: 3,671 tonnes (2017)

    bgs.ac.uk

    Production: 255 Tonnes (2017)

    bgs.ac.uk

    Production: 290,000 tonnes (2017)

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Priority Sectors

Here are the leading sectors of opportunities for foreign investors

Top Import/ Export Items

India's top import from United Kingdom
  • Non-ferrous metals
  • Industrial machinery and equipment
  • Chemical materials and products
  • Electrical machinery and appliances
  • Scientific and controlling instruments
India's top export to United Kingdom
  • Apparel and accessories
  • Power generating machinery
  • Petroleum and products
  • Pharmaceutical products
  • Transport equipment

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