Tuesday, 12 December 2017
Department of An Taoiseach
I propose to take Questions Nos. 87 and 88 together.
The data requested by the Deputy is set out in the table.
It should be noted that data on the value of trade in goods and services are not available for the full year for 2017. Trade in goods data is compiled on a monthly basis, and the latest data available is for January to September 2017. The data supplied is for January to September 2017. Trade in services data is compiled on a quarterly basis, and the latest data available is for Quarters 1 and 2 of 2017. The data supplied is for these periods of 2017. The Central Statistics Office compiles trade statistics based on data received for previous periods. It does not compile estimates for future periods, and for this reason, an estimate of the full amount of trade in goods and services for 2017 is not available.
Table A : Trade in goods between Ireland and Great Britain, 2016 to September 2017.
Jan – Dec 2016
Jan - Dec 2016
Jan – Sep 2017
|Imports Jan – Sep 2017|
|Food and live animals||3,706,771||2,787,875||2,860,953||2,083,407|
|Beverages and tobacco||220,278||321,990||155,892||204,259|
|Crude materials, inedible, except fuels||373,407||153,508||288,539||137,821|
|Mineral fuels, lubricants and related products||464,855||2,071,665||273,559||1,860,059|
|Animal and vegetable oils, fats and waxes||11,449||45,874||9,312||36,559|
|Chemicals and related products nes||3,994,557||2,383,804||3,744,987||2,298,130|
|Manufactured goods classified chiefly by material||931,894||1,737,096||705,909||1,336,660|
|Machinery & transport equipment||2,205,500||3,021,649||1,580,077||2,188,075|
|Miscellaneous manufactured articles||1,133,769||2,234,230||875,510||1,544,472|
|Commodities and transactions not classified elsewhere||337,318||1,039,268||258,692||733,079|
In 2016, service exports from Ireland to Britain were €22,497m and Ireland's service imports from Britain were €11,840m.
In the first two quarters of 2017, service exports from Ireland to Britain were €5,631m and €6,541m respectively and Ireland's service imports from Britain were €2,898m and €2,959m.
I propose to take Questions Nos. 89 to 91, inclusive, together.
The information on the number of businesses exporting to Great Britain and the numbers of people employed as requested by the Deputy is not available.
Trade in goods data between Ireland and Great Britain is collected via the Intrastat survey, which is carried out by VIMA (Revenue Commissioners) on behalf of the CSO. In order to minimise the burden on enterprises, only those whose exports exceed €635,000 per annum, or whose imports exceed €500,000 per annum are included in the survey. There are around 2,200 exporters and 5,500 importers required to complete this survey on a monthly basis. This covers 98.8% of the total value of exports and 96.5% of the total value of imports.
The CSO makes estimates for the remaining enterprises whose trade is below the threshold level. In 2017, this equates to around 9,800 exporters and 43,000 importers. As detailed data is not available for these enterprises, it is not possible to state how many of these enterprises export to Great Britain, or the employment levels of these enterprises.
The CSO does not compile statistics on exports by companies in Britain, as it does not have access to the detailed data compiled by HMRC or the ONS which would enable these statistics to be compiled.