UK trade with China, Do the numbers translate?

Are Chinese Translations going to become more important?

Tuesday 23 October, 2018

As we approach the conclusion of the UK leaving the EU, businesses are planning their future trading arrangements, which for some businesses will inevitably will include China. Chinese translations will become an increasing part of the work required to successfully building the strong trading agreements needed for the economic growth of the country. But exactly how much does the UK current trade with China and how will the translation services fit in with the process?

Chinese Translation for UK Imports

According to Office of National Statistics (ONS) in 2016 the UK imported a massive £42.3bn of goods and services. This massive quantity will naturally generate a huge amount of documentation from; technical information through to financial and legal contracts, much of which will require translating from Chinese to English. Ensuring that the Chinese to English translations are accurate is of vital importance for successful trade.

Chinese Translation for UK Exports

Comparing the value of imports to the UK from China to that of the export value, although the UK exports less, it was still a colossal £16.8bn in 2016. As with the translation requirements with the UK imports, there will be a large amount of English to Chinese translations required. UK businesses intending to either increase their trade or begin trading with China will need to ensure they have the necessary Chinese translation services in place to ensure a smooth process.

Which Export industries need Chinese Translations?

It is unsurprising that there are a wide range of industries that export to China that will need to translate their English documentation into Chinese. In broad terms, the following highlights the key areas and their percentage value to the UK Chinese Exports:

  • Transportation – 31%
  • Machines – 16%
  • Mineral Products – 12%
  • Chemicals – 11%
  • Precious Metals – 6.3%
  • Metals – 6.2%
  • Instruments – 5.4%
  • Others – 12.1%

Expert Chinese Translations

As can be seen from the range of industries and their value above, there is a huge amount of Chinese translation required with expertise covering the range of subjects. Here at Romo Translations, based from our London offices, we are able to provide native speaking industry experts to translate the range of documentation required. Our Chinese translators are highly experienced and offer a high attention to detail to ensure that accurate Chinese translations are made.

If you would like to discuss your translation needs, please call us on 0203 696 8680 and we’ll be delighted to help you.

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