UK exports to emerging markets could increase by $10bn+

Posted on 13 Mar 2018 by Jonny Williamson

UK exports to emerging countries could potentially increase by $10bn+ when the country leaves the EU, according to a new study.

UK exports to emerging markets could potentially increase by £10bn+ – image courtesy of Depositphotos.

The UK, US and France stand to realise the greatest gains if they can fulfill their Emerging Seven (E7) trade potential, according to study by Standard Chartered.

Only Germany tops the performance table as the only country to currently exceed its total E7 trade potential.

The index has revealed that G7 nations and companies are underperforming in their export trade to the E7, and of the 49 trade routes between individual G7 and E7 countries, only nine currently exceed or meet expectations.

The remaining 40 trade routes underperform by a total of $162bn against their export potential; this constitutes a 30% annual growth opportunity for the G7 to the E7, and the E7 represent a critical highway to future growth for the G7 in 2018 and beyond.

Opportunities of emerging markets 

Michael Vrontamitis, head of Trade for Europe and Americas, Standard Chartered, said: “With membership of the G7 no longer being a passport to growth, the Standard Chartered G7 to E7 Trade Performance Index reveals real growth opportunities.

“Every G7 nation has much to gain from accelerating their export performance in the seven economies we have identified as the Emerging Seven (E7).

“Our Index reveals that if G7 economies reorient their trade strategy towards the E7 the size of the prize is an additional $162bn annually, with an immediate 30% gain.

“It is clear the E7 represent multi-billion-dollar trading opportunities for G7 governments and businesses searching for export diversification and growth.

“Companies should develop sector specific strategies and corridors, then identify how they can increase their opportunities there.”

The fact, that especially the E7 countries could be a lucrative future market for the UK complies as well with the recently published research from Barclays Corporate Banking analysing the consumer behaviour worldwide.

The report has shown that especially consumers in Asia and the Middle East (India, 67%; UAE, 62%; China, 61%) have strong associations of quality with Brand Britain.

Key Findings:


UK exports to the E7 could potentially increase by $16.9bn to $64.9bn when the country leaves the EU. While the EU remains a critical trading partner, UK businesses could capitalise on export opportunities with all E7 countries.


The US is currently the largest exporter to the E7 overall, but it is falling below potential by over a quarter (28.3%). If the US makes the most of all E7 trade, total exports would rise by 3.1% – an extra $46.1bn a year.


France has much to gain from trading with the E7. It is exporting a quarter less to the E7 than its potential and could grow overall exports by 2.4% by meeting predicted exports to the E7, representing a $12 bn-a-year uptick.


Italy could experience a 2.5% uplift in exports, or $11bn annually, if it makes the most of the opportunities in the E7. The Italy to China route could see an extra $7.3bn of annual trade – the fourth biggest economic opportunity of all 49 trade routes.


Japan has significant opportunities in the E7. Japanese businesses could increase exports to the E7 by $69bn, which would give the entire economy a 10.7% boost. The Japan-China trade route has the biggest G7 to E7 opportunity by value.


Canada takes current second place in the G7 to E7 trade race, but it falls below predicted trade by more than a quarter (28.6%). Its annual total global exports could grow by 1.7% by maximising on E7 trade.


Germany is the greatest G7 to E7 success story. It exceeded its total predicted value of trade with the E7 – exporting $109 bn – double what is predicted. However, Germany could be at risk of over-reliance to one market – China.

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