Inside the international suitcase: The UK’s top holiday exports revealed

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UK holiday experts exceed £300 million

As millions of people fly away for the summer break, so do British goods. The latest figures from HMRC show sunglasses, swimwear and ice-cream are big exports, accounting for more than three quarters of UK holiday goods.

The UK exported more than £302 million worth of holiday goods in 2016, including £160 million worth of sunglasses, £93 million worth of swimwear and £16 million worth of ice-cream. UK flip flops are also a big summer hit, with £8 million worth exported around the world.

International Trade Secretary Dr Liam Fox said: “From ice-cream to swimwear, you can find UK holiday exports in travel destinations around the world. Last year alone, more than £300 million worth of these goods have been sold to shoppers across the globe showing increasing demand for home-grown summer essentials.

“There has never been a better time for our dynamic and innovative businesses to export their goods and services abroad.”

Overall latest trade statistics show that UK exports of goods and services have increased to £547.6 billion, up 5.8% on 2015.