Aberdeen is the city most reliant on EU trade in Scotland according to new research.
The study by Centre of Cities thinktank said the Granite City sells 61% of its exports to EU countries.
Aberdeen is also sixth on a list of UK cities most reliant on EU exports, compared to a 48% national average.
And, as the UK seeks to build trade relations outside the EU during Brexit, Aberdeen’s exports to the US at 8% are well below the national average of 15%.
Centre for Cities chief executive Alexandra Jones said British cities would have to dramatically increase trade with other international markets to compensate for a downturn in exports to the EU.
She said: “While it’s right to be ambitious about increasing exports to countries such as the US and China, the outcome of EU trade negotiations will have a much bigger impact on places and people up and down the country.”
North-east MSP Lewis Macdonald, Holyrood European affairs committee vice-convener, said the figures were striking.
He said: “Aberdeen is the standout city for EU exports in Scotland, which emphasises the absolutely essential role the EU markets play in Aberdeen’s economic success. Finding a substitute for more than 60% of our export market is simply not going to happen and time soon, so we need to achieve as much access to the single market as we can.”
But North-east MSP Ross Thomson, Conservative, said reducing barriers to trade will open up new opportunities.
He said: “It’s exciting the first world leader to meet the US President is Theresa May as work starts on creating a historic new trade deal between our two countries.
“Aberdeen, which has a number of American companies based in it, can reap the rewards of a new relationship with the US as we open our eyes to the rest of the world and not just the EU.
“As the oil capital of Europe, Aberdeen is a global city and a new bilateral deal with the US can help us grow and take advantage of trade inward and outbound investment. “It’s encouraging the new US administration has a clear desire to have a free trade deal in place quickly which is great news for Scotland and Aberdeen.”