Trade between the Republic and Northern Ireland continued to grow in the eleven months to November last year, according to the latest figures from the Central Statistics Office.
In the eleven months to November 2021, compared to the same period in 2020, exports of goods to Northern Ireland grew by 48% or just over €1 billion to €3.305 billion.
Imports of goods from Northern Ireland grew by 64% or €1.44 billion to €3.7 billion over the same time.
The export of food and live animals to Northern Ireland grew by 40% to €1.2 billion while imports increased by 44% to €938m over the eleven month period.
Exports to Great Britain increased by 16% in the month of November compared to November 2020. Great Britain comprises 11% of our exports of goods.
Over the eleven month period to the end of November, exports to the UK grew by 20% or €2.3 billion to €13.4 billion. Imports over the same period fell by 21% or €3.3 billion to €12.5 billion.
While exports of chemicals, manufactured goods and machinery to Great Britain all rose, trade in food and live animals fell.
Exports of food and live animals fell by 3.6% or €117m to €3.1 billion, while imports over the same eleven month period fell by 39% or just over a billion to €1.7 billion.
Today's preliminary CSO figures show that seasonally adjusted goods imports increased by 4% to €9.109 billion in November 2021 compared with October 2021.
The CSO said that seasonally adjusted goods exports decreased by 3% to €14.567 billion.
This resulted in a decrease of 13% in the seasonally adjusted trade surplus to €5.458 billion in November 2021 compared with the previous month.