Cross-Border Trade & Supply Chain Linkages

About this report

The report shows that for over half (51%) of Irish exporters, NI is the destination for more than 50% of their exports, while for just over 25% of Irish firms, NI is the destination for more than 95% of their exports. Key findings include: NI accounts for between 10-12% of total exports from Ireland to the UK as a whole and accounted for 7-8% of imports.

Given that the population of NI makes up less than 3% of the UK, this shows the closeness of the economic ties between the two. The reports finds a very significant share of cross-border trade is accounted for by firms that trade in both directions. These two-way traders make up around 18% of firms but accounted for over 60% of exports, and over 70% of imports.