Amid Britain’s departure from the EU and the coronavirus pandemic, Germany’s exports to the UK fell by 30.5 percent between December to January, worth £1.7 billion. According to the Office for National Statistics, this is the biggest fall in imports by value of goods of any major trading partner. While Germany’s exports to the UK plummeted, Britain’s exports to non-EU countries in March surged by 9.9 percent.
In further news for the German economy, the country’s GDP fell by 1.8 percent in the first quarter of 2021 in comparison to the three months to the end of 2020.
That drop in GDP was worse than Destatis, the German statistics office had predicted at the end of April.
In comparison to the first three months of 2020, the German economy was down by 3.4 percent.
A spokesperson for Destatis said: “After the German economy had somewhat recovered in the second half of 2020 (+8.7% in the third quarter and +0.5% in the fourth quarter), the coronavirus crisis caused another decline in economic performance at the beginning of 2021.
“The continuing, and in part intensified, restrictions…