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Exports Hit Record Highs Despite Fall In Trade With The UK

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Exports Hit Record Highs Despite Fall In Trade With The UK

The value of goods exports rose by 15% in 2018 to a record €140.8 billion, despite a 3% drop in exports to the UK - its second annual drop in three years.

The €500 million drop in trade to the UK was offset by increases to all of Ireland’s other major trade partners, such as the EU and the US.

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The EU accounted for €70.9 billion, 50%, of Ireland’s total exports in 2018, an increase of €8 billion or 13% on 2017.

Exports to non-EU countries were valued at €69.9 billion in 2018, which is an increase of €10 billion or 17% on the 2017 level of exports.

The USA was the largest export destination in 2018, accounting for €39.1 billion or 28% of total exports.


Imports in 2018 also grew to a record level, increasing by 14% to €90.1 billion compared with 2017.

Imports from the UK rose by 5% in 2018 to €18.3 billion when compared with 2017, resulting in a trade deficit of €4,221 million with Great Britain in 2018.

The exports of Food and live animals fell marginally in 2018, dropping by 2.3% to €11.1 billion. Imports for the category rose by almost 8% to €7.8 billion.

Beverages and tobacco exports rose in 2018 to €1.4 billion, a 5% jump on 2017. Imports for the category fell marginally by 1.1% to €897 million.

© 2019 Checkout – your source for the latest Irish retail news. Article by Aidan O’Sullivan. Click subscribe to sign up for the Checkout print edition. 

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