Who does best out of exporting Christmas products within the EU?
From Christmas trees to turkeys to teddy bears…… Who does best out of exporting Christmas products within the EU? I will give you a clue, it ain't the UK.
So much for the single market and customs union, we have been in.
So let's take a look, please stop reading when you see the UK mentioned below.
Denmark. Christmas trees 73%
France. Sparkling wine 50%
France. Turkey ‘s 38%
Poland. Candles 36%
Sweden. Ice skates 35%
Germany. Chocolates 29%
Germany. Train sets 28%
Italy. Ski boots 25%
Belgium. Gloves 25%
Czechia. Ski suits 22%
Italy. Socks 19%
The Netherlands. 18%
Sources: EU Commission official export statistics
Sadly, Christmas puddings and mince pies are not separately identified by the EU’s official statistics agency. If they were, I feel sure that the UK would top the league for these products, being the only country consuming these apart from some of the 900,000 British ex-pats living in the EU27.
As it is, once again I have to report that the UK comes nowhere when it comes to the Single Market — in this case, the EU’s Single Christmas Market.