Ireland Exports By Country

This page displays a table with Ireland Exports By Country in U.S. dollars, according to the United Nations COMTRADE database on international trade.



Ireland Exports

In 2016 Ireland exported $160B, making it the 28th largest exporter in the world. During the last five years the exports of Ireland have increased at an annualized rate of 0.4%, from $154B in 2011 to $160B in 2016. The most recent exports are led by Packaged Medicaments which represent 17.3% of the total exports of Ireland, followed by Nitrogen Heterocyclic Compounds, which account for 12.8%.



Ireland is the 28th largest export economy in the world. In 2016, Ireland exported $160B and imported $74.4B, resulting in a positive trade balance of $86.3B. In 2016 the GDP of Ireland was $304B and its GDP per capita was $71.5k.

The top exports of Ireland are Packaged Medicaments ($27.8B), Nitrogen Heterocyclic Compounds ($20.6B), Human or Animal Blood($16.8B), Scented Mixtures ($7.5B) and Sulfonamides ($6.75B), using the 1992 revision of the HS (Harmonized System) classification. Its top imports are Planes, Helicopters, and/or Spacecraft ($10.2B), Packaged Medicaments($2.94B), Cars ($2.83B), Computers ($2.74B) and Human or Animal Blood ($2.05B).

The top export destinations of Ireland are the United States ($41.2B), Belgium-Luxembourg($18.1B), the United Kingdom ($18B), Germany($12.7B) and Switzerland ($7.81B). The top import origins are the United Kingdom ($19B), the United States ($12.3B), Germany ($7.67B), France ($6.27B) and China ($4.24B).

United States $37.43B 2017
United Kingdom $16.33B 2017
Belgium $15.05B 2017
Germany $11.37B 2017
Switzerland $7.00B 2017
Netherlands $6.68B 2017
France $6.01B 2017
China $4.93B 2017
Italy $2.95B 2017
Spain $2.93B 2017
Japan $2.91B 2017
Mexico $1.61B 2017
Poland $1.50B 2017
Canada $1.23B 2017
Australia $1.00B 2017
Sweden $846.25M 2017
Saudi Arabia $794.82M 2017
Singapore $771.78M 2017
Hong Kong $771.70M 2017
Other Europe, nes $764.26M 2017
Denmark $732.10M 2017
South Korea $715.25M 2017
Turkey $597.47M 2017
Russia $559.82M 2017
Portugal $513.04M 2017



Ireland’s Top 10 Exports

The following export product groups represent the highest dollar value in Irish global shipments during 2017. Also shown is the percentage share each export category represents in terms of overall exports from Ireland.

At the more granular four-digit Harmonized Tariff System code level, Ireland’s most valuable exported product is drugs and medicines used for therapeutic or prophylactic purposes.

  1. Pharmaceuticals: US$38.2 billion (28.3% of total exports)
  2. Organic chemicals: $23.8 billion (17.7%)
  3. Optical, technical, medical apparatus: $13.8 billion (10.2%)
  4. Electrical machinery, equipment: $9 billion (6.7%)
  5. Perfumes, cosmetics: $8.4 billion (6.2%)
  6. Machinery including computers: $7.4 billion (5.5%)
  7. Aircraft, spacecraft: $4.8 billion (3.5%)
  8. Other chemical goods: $3.7 billion (2.8%)
  9. Meat: $3.5 billion (2.6%)
  10. Dairy, eggs, honey: $2.7 billion (2%)

Ireland’s top 10 exports accounted for 85.4% of the overall value of its global shipments.

Dairy, eggs and honey was the fastest-growing among Ireland’s top 10 export categories, up 40.1% in value from 2016 to 2017.

In second place for improving export sales were pharmaceuticals which gained 20.1%.

Ireland’s deliveries of aircraft and spacecraft posted the third-fastest acceleration in value (up 16.4%), followed by exported meat (up 9.3%).

Leading the decliners were organic chemicals via a -14% setback year over year, trailed by the -8% fall for exported electrical machinery and equipment.

Note that the results listed above are at the categorized two-digit Harmonized Tariff System (HTS) code level. For a more granular view of exported goods at the four-digit HTS code level, see the section Searchable List of Ireland’s Most Valuable Export Products further down below.