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CSO statistical release, , 11am

Goods Exports and Imports

December 2018

€ million
 ExportsImportsSurplus
Jan-Dec 2017122,71179,27143,440
Jan-Dec 2018140,83590,17550,659
% change+ 14.8+ 13.8+ 16.6
Seasonally adjusted
October 201812,1618,0724,090
November 201812,1317,6054,526
December 201813,2618,6824,578

Trade exports exceeded €140 billion in 2018

Figure 1 Goods Exports and Imports
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Preliminary figures for 2018 show that goods exports were valued at €140,835 million in 2018, the highest total on record. This is an increase of €18,123 million (+15%) over 2017. 

The largest category of exports was Medical and pharmaceutical products. Exports of these goods accounted for a third (33%) of all exports, or €46,318 million in 2018. This represents an increase of €10,867 million (+31%) on the 2017 value.