- by Patrick Cooney on 22/10/2019
With the effects of Brexit still hanging in the balance, many Irish companies may be forced to look to wider European markets, beyond the UK to safeguard future business. This week based on the latest figures from the Central Statistics Office, we've analysed the main countries other Irish companies are currently trading into, and which markets have shown significant export growth since this time last year.
Looking at the European markets, Belgium? Appears To Be The Most Important Export Market In Terms of Value Of Goods Exported - Ranking Just Above The UK.
Data from the Central Statistics Office shows perhaps surprisingly that Belgium is the leading export country Irish companies are trading and exporting into. Belgium sits ahead of the UK in terms of total Irish exports at 10.91% compared to the UK at 10.76% in the period Jan - Aug 2019. The value of Irish company exports to Belgium equals EUR 11.13 Billion.
Irish exports to Belgium are predominantly in medical & pharmaceutical products and organic chemicals. These two sectors combined represent 88% of all exports. Other important export products include ICT hardware, telecoms equipment and professional apparatus. It should be noted that a proportion of goods that enter through Belgium ports are shipped onto other markets. Even at that it is still a considerable amount of exports in terms of value heading to the country.
Following Belgium and the UK, Germany is the next most popular European market, with trade exports increasing by over 30% (EUR 8.97bn vs EUR 6,88bn) in Jan - Aug 2019 when compared to the same period last year. Germany now accounts for 8.79% of all Irish exports.
For markets beyond Europe, the United States remains our top export partner, with over EUR 30.3bn worth of Irish exports. The United States now accounts for 29.73% of all Irish exports. This appears to be a market that more Irish companies are looking towards, as it too has shown significant export growth up 17.3% (EUR 30.34bn vs EUR 25.85bn) for Jan - Aug 2019 when compared to the same period last year.
China is the second largest consumer outside of the EU, purchasing EUR 5.67bn worth of Irish products and services. It too showed large export growth on the previous period (EUR 5.97bn vs EUR 3.30bn) and now accounts for 5.6% of Irish exports.
Other countries on the list include Netherlands consuming 5.70% of our exports.
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(1) Central Statistics Office -
(2) Enterprise Ireland - Exporting to Belgium and Luxemburg
The new quarterly figures published this week, reveal a growth of 5,010 new companies in Q3 2019, bringing the total number of start-ups in Ireland to 17,160.