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UK trade with Ireland

Published Friday, December 8, 2017

Ireland is one of the UK's largest trading partners. This note gives some key statistics on UK-Ireland trade.

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This note provides some key statistics on the UK’s trade with Ireland. They are taken from the Office for National Statistics Pink Book 2017 (see tables in Chapter 9) and the HMRC database UK Trade Info.

  • In 2016, UK exports to Ireland were worth £26.7 billion; imports from Ireland were £20.8 billion, resulting in a trade surplus of £5.9 billion with Ireland.
  • The UK had a surplus with Ireland in both goods and services. 
  • Ireland accounted for 4.9% of UK exports and 3.5% of all UK imports. 
  • Ireland was the UK’s 5th largest export market and the 9th largest source of imports.

Commons Briefing papers CBP-8173

Author: Matthew Ward

Topics: International economic relations, International trade

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