Pre-pandemic statistics from 2018 (Figure 2) reveal that 63 % of Northern Ireland’s total purchases and imports originated from Great Britain, and 26 % from the EU; the EU share of total sales and exports is higher, at 31 %. In post-transition statistics published by the Irish Central Statistics Office, North-South trade across the island has increased substantially since January 2021, which suggests that businesses on the island of Ireland source more products from across the island than from Great Britain.
Northern Ireland purchases/imports and sales/exports, 2018
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