Over 55% of the top 30 most exposed EU products to the UK are Irish

It has been revealed that over 55% of the top 30 most exposed EU products to the UK are Irish, according to a report published by the Department of Finance.

The list of proportionally most exposed products to the UK took into account products from across the other 27 member states. The report from the department is entitled ‘UK EU Exit: Trade Exposures of Sectors of the Irish Economy in a European Context’.

Breaking it down even further, the report shows that 11 out of the top 15 EU products most exposed to the UK – on the proportional exposure measure employed by the Department of Finace – are Irish exports.

This high level of exposure is worrying for Irish producers in the context of the uncertainty caused by Brexit.

Cereals and cereal preparation products from Ireland are the most exposed to the UK, followed closely in second by Irish vegetables and fruit.

Other Irish agri-related products which feature on the list include: live animals; feedstuff for animals (excluding unmilled cereals); meat and meat preparations; as well as dairy products and birds’ eggs.

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Image source: Department of Finance

The report also noted that the importance of the UK as a destination market has declined over the last 40 years for Irish exports.

In the early 1970s, the UK accounted for over 50% of total Irish exports whereas in 2015 the UK accounted for just 17% of total Irish exports, according to the department.

Between 2000 and 2015, the level of Ireland’s food and live animals exports exposure to the UK increased from 38% to 46%.

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Image source: Department of Finance

Bord Bia receives €6.7 million funding boost

Earlier this week, it was revealed that Bord Bia has received a funding boost to the tune of €6.745 million to develop export opportunities for food, drink and horticulture companies and producers.

The additional funding will allow Bord Bia to undertake a programme of additional activities to support the food and drink sectors in addressing the market challenges relating to Brexit, according to the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed.

Two Asian trade missions to Japan and South Korea have also been scheduled for November as part of the major market diversification drive announced by Minister Creed.

This drive is part of a wider strategy, linking the department’s market access efforts to those of agencies such as Bord Bia and Enterprise Ireland.

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