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In 2018, Scotland sold £1,235 million worth of exports to Ireland. This is 3.6% of Scotland’s total international exports. Scottish exports to Ireland have decreased by 6.2% since 2013, a decrease of £80 million  

An image of Ireland outlined on a map

The benefits of selling to Ireland

The World Bank rates Ireland as the 24th 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

A Trading Nation uses evidence to work out what Scotland could sell more of. In Ireland, the key sectors where Scotland could sell more are:

  • transportation equipment
  • machinery and equipment
  • computer programming and information technology (IT)

An infographic of top opportunities in Ireland

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:

  • technology
  • 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 7 experts in Ireland covering:

  • technology
  • 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
  • advice
  • introductions

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.

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