Thu, 13 May 2021

DUBLIN, Ireland: Cross-border trade between Ireland and Northern Ireland has greatly increased, in some cases doubling since the start of 2021, according to official data.

Ireland's Central Statistics Office (CSO) reported that in February the value of exports from Northern Ireland to the Republic of Ireland nearly doubled, compared to February 2020.

Cross border trade figures rose from $173 million to $339 million for the month.

Further, exports from the Republic to Northern Ireland were up by almost 40 percent, from $201 million to $277 million.

Year-to-date, Northern Ireland exports to the Republic of Ireland have increased 52 percent, with trade to Northern Ireland rising 28 percent.

Of note, trade appears to have increased across borders, as it became more difficult to import goods from Great Britain since the Northern Ireland Protocol began operating in January.

As Northern Ireland remains part of the EU's single market for goods, products arriving from Great Britain are now subject to new checks and controls.

At the same time, goods flowing across the Irish border from Northern Ireland, and the other way, remains as they were before Brexit, with no new checks and controls.

However, it is not only businesses in Northern Ireland that have difficulties importing from Great Britain, but also businesses in the Republic of Ireland.

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