In 2017, Scotland sold £1.5 billion worth of exports to Ireland. This is 4.5% of Scotland’s total international exports. Between 2013 and 2017, Scottish exports to Ireland increased by an average of 21% each year.
The benefits of selling to Ireland
The World Bank rates Ireland as the 23rd easiest country in the world to do business with.
Ireland’s a good place to export to because it has:
- a strong economy
- a highly educated workforce
It’s also a good place for Scottish businesses to export to because:
- English is the first language
- it has good transport links
- it has similar regulations and laws as Scotland
- it’s close to Scotland
What we could sell more of
- transportation equipment
- machinery and equipment
- computer programming and information technology (IT)
Top opportunities in Ireland
- Financial and business services
- Chemical sciences
- Technology, digital and media
- Life sciences
- Food and drink
- Engineering and advanced manufacturing
Help with exporting in Ireland
Scottish Development International offices
Scottish Development International have an office in Dublin. They have 3 members of staff focussed on:
- life sciences
Innovation and Investment Hub
The Scottish Government have an office in Dublin. The Innovation and Investment Hub can help businesses:
- with trade missions
- collaborate on economic and academic projects
- collaborate on ideas for new products or services
- find events or opportunities
The GlobalScot has 3 experts in Ireland covering:
- life sciences
We’re going to expand the GlobalScot network in Ireland.
Department for International Trade
You can contact the Department for International Trade team in Ireland to find opportunities for doing business there.
British Irish Chamber of Commerce
The British Irish Chamber of Commerce can offer members:
- business support
They have offices in Dublin and London.
You can find more help with exporting.
You can also find more information on exporting to Ireland in A Trading Nation.