Written answers

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation

Trade Data

Photo of Aengus Ó SnodaighAengus Ó Snodaigh (Dublin South Central, Sinn Fein)
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694. To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation if she will provide a statistical breakdown of economic activity from imports from Britain and Northern Ireland on an annual basis from 2014 to 2016 to date, inclusive. [34603/16]

Photo of Mary Mitchell O'ConnorMary Mitchell O'Connor (Dún Laoghaire, Fine Gael)
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Enterprise 2025, the Government's long-term enterprise policy is an ambitious strategy, with the objective of delivering growth over the next decade that is sustainable. The objective is to achieve full employment over the period to 2020, underpinned by innovation, productivity, cost effectiveness and competitiveness. The competitiveness of our imports as inputs to the productive sector of the economy is an important consideration in terms of overall enterprise performance.

According to the latest CSO Trade Statistics, total merchandise imports reached €70 billion in 2015, of which 24% were from Great Britain and Northern Ireland, as set out in Table 1.

These imports are inputs to production processes throughout the economy in addition to consumer markets as set out in Table 2.

Imports of services totalled over €109 billion in 2014, the latest year for which a detailed breakdown is available, of which €11.3 billion were from Great Britain and Northern Ireland, as set out in Table 3.

My Department will continue to monitor developments in import patterns over the coming months as data becomes available on the competitiveness impacts for enterprises and consumers.

Table 1. Imports from Great Britain, 2014, 2015 and 2016, €m

-20142015January to July 2016
Total imports from Great Britain16461168978663
Total imports from Northern Ireland11041091588
Total imports62,157 70,007 38,177
GB and Northern Ireland as % of Total28%26%24%

CSO Trade Statistics July 2016 Release

Table 2. Value of Merchandise Imports by main Use

-All CountriesGreat Britain and Northern IrelandOther EU Member StatesGB and NI as % of total
Producer Capital Goods (Euro Thousand)17,657,7001,462,7009,492,5008%
Consumption Goods (Euro Thousand)19,815,100....
Consumption Goods (Food, Drink and Tobacco) (Euro Thousand)5,746,7002,931,5002,186,50051%
Other Consumption Goods (Other Than Food, Drink and Tobacco) (Euro Thousand)14,068,4004,601,8003,598,30033%
Materials for Production (Euro Thousand)31,068,100....
Materials for Agriculture Production (Euro Thousand)2,068,400569,700698,80028%
Materials for Production (Other Than Agriculture) (Euro Thousand)28,999,7007,505,2007,896,50026%
Not Classified (Euro Thousand)1,570,100....

CSO Statbank external trade statistics (10 November 2016)

Table 3. Imports of Services, 2014

-All countries and international organisationsUnited KingdomUK as % of total
Services total109,37611,36110.4%
Tourism and travel4,56184018.4%
Financial services6,662..
Computer services64710215.8%
All business services38,8165,33613.7%
Business services: Merchanting....
Business services: Other Trade related services....
Business services: Operational leasing1,269302.4%
Business services: Legal, Accounting and other professional services1,07414013.0%
Business services: Advertising and market research4,54170115.4%
Business services: Research and development6,6153625.5%
Business services: Architectural engineering and other technical services1104540.9%
Business services: Management services between affiliates....
Business services: Other11,7122,72723.3%
Business services: Trade related services13,4961,3309.9%
Other services not elsewhere stated2666424.1%
Repairs and processing1,153232.0%


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