UK trade with Ireland
Published Wednesday, August 1, 2018
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 2018 (see tables in Chapter 9) and the HMRC database UK Trade Info.
- In 2016, UK exports to Ireland were worth £34.0 billion; imports from Ireland were £21.8 billion, resulting in a trade surplus of £12.2 billion with Ireland.
- The UK had a surplus with Ireland in both goods and services.
- Ireland accounted for 5.5% of UK exports and 3.4% of all UK imports.
- Ireland was the UK’s 5th largest export market and the 9th largest source of imports.
- The UK has recorded a trade surplus with Ireland every year between 1999 and 2017. The attached Excel spreadsheet (see under supporting documents) allows for easy access and presentation of trade data between the UK and Ireland for individual years between 1999 and 2017.
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