Irish goods imports from Britain fell by 20% on an annual basis in April, the smallest monthly decline since new post-Brexit trade barriers came into force, new Central Statistics Office figures show today.

The largest decreases were in the imports of Food and live animals and Chemicals and related products, the CSO figures show.

Imports from the UK were down 39% for the first four months of 2021, the CSO said.

Meanwhile, Irish goods exports to Britain rose by 42% year-on-year in April, and are now up 7% so far this year compared to the same period in 2020.

The largest increases were in the exports of Chemicals and related products and Machinery and transport equipment, the CSO noted.

Britain has delayed the introduction of a range of post-Brexit import checks on EU goods until later this year.

Today's CSO figures show that total Irish goods imports rose by 45% year-on-year in April on a similarly unadjusted basis.

Goods exports for April were up 10%, the CSO added.