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Press Statement


14 December 2020

Ireland's Trade in Goods 2019

Ireland exported €152 billion of goods in 2019 and imported €91 billion
  • Ireland exported €47 billion of goods, almost one-third of total exports, to the USA in 2019, making it our largest single export market
  • There were €79 billion of goods exported to Europe in 2019, and nearly half of this was exported to Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands combined while the UK accounted for a further €15.7 billion
  • Almost €57 billion of goods were imported from Europe, of which more than €20 billion came from the UK, our largest import partner
  • Asia accounted for €17.4 billion of our exports in 2019, making it a larger export destination than any country in Europe with €8.2 billion exported to China
  • More than €1.2 billion of Ireland’s imports of clothing and apparel came from Asia in 2019, comprising over 60% of total imports of these products
  • Ireland exported €1.7 billion to Africa and €700 million to South America in 2019

Go to release : Ireland's Trade in Goods 2019

The Central Statistics Office (CSO) has today (14 December 2020) released Ireland’s Trade in Goods 2019.

Commenting on the release, Ciarán Counihan, Statistician, said: ‘In 2019, Ireland exported €152 billion of goods and imported €91 billion.

More than €57 billion of our exports went to EU countries, and a further €15 billion was exported to the UK. Ireland imported more than €33 billion from the EU and €20 billion from the UK. We also imported €14 billion from the USA and more than €12 billion from Asia.’

Editor's Note:


  • Almost one-third (€49 billion) of all our exports in 2019 were medical and pharmaceutical products
  • Organic chemicals accounted for €30 billion of exports
  • More than €21 billion of our imports in 2019 were aircraft, mainly due to the activities of aircraft leasing companies
  • Ireland imported more than €2 billion of clothing and apparel, of which over 60% came from Asia
  • There were more than 56 million ladies’ and girls’ T-shirts imported and over 30 million ladies’ and girls’ jumpers. Of these, 46 million and 23 million respectively came from Asia

Trade with the UK

  • The proportion of our trade with the UK has fallen from 28% of total exports in 1994 to 10% in 2019, and from 37% of total imports in 1994 to 22% in 2019
  • We exported almost €4 billion of food and beverages to the UK in 2019 and imported €4.3 billion

Trade with Asia

  • Exports to Asia have grown from €1.3 billion in 1994 to €17.4 billion in 2019, while imports have grown from €2.8 billion to €12.3 billion over the same period
  • Our largest trading partners in Asia are China and Japan
  • We exported €8.2 billion to China in 2019, of which €5.7 billion was machinery and equipment, and exported €2.8 billion to Japan
  • In 2019, we imported more than €5 billion from China, €1.1 billion from Japan, and a further €1 billion from both Malaysia and South Korea

Other Trade 

  • Ireland exported €1.7 billion to Africa in 2019. Our largest export partner was South Africa, with exports of €413 million
  • There were €867 million of exports to Oceania, and €170 million of imports. The largest value product was wine, with €30 million imported from Australia and €24 million from New Zealand
  • Ireland exported more than €700 million to South America, of which €305 million went to Brazil
  • There were €670 million of imports from South America, which included 16.5 million litres of wine from Chile, 145,000 tonnes of coal from Colombia and 10,500 tonnes of apples
For further information contact:

Ciarán Counihan (+353) 1 498 4215 or Orla McCarthy (+353) 1 498 4091

or email

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