China, Russia and India remain key destinations for Irish business

Irish Exporters Association publishes half-year Visa and Legalisation statistics

Dublin, 4 July 2019: The Irish Exporters Association (IEA), the voice of the export industry in Ireland, today published Visa and Legalisation statistics from the IEA Consular Services Department for the first six months of 2019. A full infographic can be found here.

Compared to the same period in 2018, China, Russia and India remain the Top-3 destinations for Irish exporting businesses requiring Visa documentation. On document legalisation, the top-5 countries China, Norway, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Vietnam represent more than 28% of all documentation requests.

Commenting on today’s release, Simon McKeever, Chief Executive of the Irish Exporters Association, commented: “We are delighted to today release the H1 2019 Visa and Legalisation statistics from the IEA Consular Services Department. The Visa and Legalisation statistics remain a good and strong indicator of where Irish exporters are travelling and the countries they already trade with and consider trading with.

The continuing demand for Visa applications for China and other countries in the Far and Middle East continues to highlight the importance of those markets for Irish businesses. As such, the demand highlighted through today’s numbers greatly corresponds to our trade relationships with these markets. It is, however, important to stress that today’s Visa statistics are focussed on countries Irish businesses leaders must apply for business visas.”

He added: “The statistics on documentation legalisation are a strong indication of the strength Ireland-based traders have with various countries outside the EU Customs Union. In this context, Norway’s ranking is significantly noteworthy in light of Brexit and the UK’s expected exit from the EU Customs Union.”



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