Trading Places


This morning.

The Central Statistics Office announces:

Ireland exported €123 billion of goods in 2017 and imported €79 billion. We exported €17 billion more to the USA than we imported in 2017.

The UK was our largest import partner in 2017 at €18.8 billion and was also our largest partner for both exports (€4.6 bn) and imports (€3.7bn) of food and drinks.

In total, Ireland exported €12.3 billion and imported €7.7 billion of food and drinks in 2017.

We imported 20kg of bananas, 13kg of apples, 10kg of onions and 7kg of carrots for every person in Ireland.

Ireland’s trade in goods in 2017 (CSO)

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17 thoughts on “Trading Places

  1. Liam

    How are we importing so many potatoes, carrots etc?

    the mineral water figure is bad too – 70 million litres of imported *water*? FFS.

    1. Rob_G

      The mineral water leapt out at me too – we should triple the tax on bottled water (imported or otherwise), reign in this madness somewhat.

    2. Cú Chulainn

      Northern Ireland. That’s largely the reason. The CSO need to try and strip NI out to give a better picture. Might be possible after Brexit..!!!

          1. millie st murderlark

            He’s like that. Creeps up on you with a slow haiku, a witty poem about a crumpled tayto packet and the fallacy of brexit (?), a couple of well executed puns and then BAM, you bffs and down the pub every weekend debating whether cricket or rounders is better craic.

          2. Brother Barnabas

            let’s not forget the broadsheet comment section reimagined as the American civil war

            broadsheet’s finest moment, imo

  2. Hansel

    I can’t understand how we’re importing so many potatoes either. It’s possibly a lot of out-of-season importing, but that’s just shocking.

    1. Cú Chulainn

      Quite a lot. There was a tax ruling a number of years ago that, because green bananas have to be stored in a heated warehouse it counted as manufacturing for tax and therefore profits attracted the lower rate of tax. Most of the spuds are coming in from NI, being turned into chips and sent back to the uk.

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