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UK trade with Ireland

Published Tuesday, January 14, 2020

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 and the HMRC database UK Trade Info.

  • In 2018, UK exports to Ireland were worth £35.1 billion; imports from Ireland were £21.6 billion, resulting in a trade surplus of £13.5 billion with Ireland.
  • The UK had a surplus with Ireland in both goods and services. 
  • Ireland accounted for 5.5% of UK exports and 3.2% of all UK imports. 
  • Ireland was the UK’s 5th largest export market and the 10th largest source of imports.
  • The UK has recorded a trade surplus with Ireland every year between 1999 and 2018.


Commons Briefing papers CBP-8173

Author: Matthew Ward

Topics: International economic relations, International trade

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