Europe benefits from a rich cultural and linguistic diversity, and the countries within the territory form the world's largest trading block with huge import and export opportunities.

Exports from Northern Ireland businesses totalled £9.6 billion in 2022.

NI Economics Trade Statistics, NISRA, published December 2023

With a population of over 700 million, Europe is home to some of the world's leading market economies. Innovation, as well at its traditional industries will continue to be a success factor for Northern Ireland businesses.

There is an array of export opportunities in Great Britain & Europe for Northern Ireland Businesses in sectors such as:

  • Advanced manufacturing and engineering
  • Aerospace and defence
  • Financial services
  • Food and drink
  • Global business services
  • Green economy and renewable energy
  • Life and health sciences
  • Materials handling
  • Professional and legal services
  • Technology

Sales to Great Britain from Northern Ireland businesses in 2021, totalled £12.8m.*

*Source: NI Economic Trade Statistics, NISRA (2022)

Europe offers great opportunities for Northern Ireland businesses looking to grow and export.

To support companies Invest NI has a dedicated in-market team with offices in:

  • Brussels (covering Belgium and Luxembourg )
  • Copenhagen (covering The Nordics)
  • Berlin, Dusseldorf, and Munich (covering Germany, Austria, and Switzerland)
  • London and Manchester (covering Great Britain)
  • Madrid (covering Spain and Portugal)
  • Milan (covering Italy)
  • Paris (covering France)
  • The Hague (covering The Netherlands)

Explore up-to-date and in-depth content on Europe, including export information, with our market guides, features, news stories, events and video tutorials.

Interested in exporting to Europe? Speak to your Invest NI Client Executive, one of our International Trade Advisers or Contact our Business Support Team


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