IEA event highlights United States export opportunities

H.E. Edward F. Crawford speaks at IEA event on exporting to U.S.A

Dublin, 24 September 2019: The Irish Exporters Association, in coordination with the United States Embassy to Ireland, this morning hosted a high-level event on U.S. investment opportunities for Irish exporters. The IEA’s Markets Networks initiative supports exporters in exploring overseas market opportunities and provides them with the know-how to successfully exploit new business opportunities.

Opening the Seminar, Simon McKeever, Chief Executive of the Irish Exporters Association, commented: “We are delighted to be joined this morning by the new United States Ambassador to Ireland, H.E. Edward F. Crawford. Ireland’s bilateral relationship with the United States is among the strongest in the International community. 

Ireland has long been, and will remain, an important strategic access point for U.S. companies to the European Union and its more than 500 million consumers. Over the past number of decades, the Irish economy has majorly benefited from U.S. inward investment, yet huge businesses opportunities exist for Irish companies in the United States.

Ireland and the Irish export community is facing significant challenges through Brexit and a slowing global economy. In response, according to our internal research, the United States consistently headline the list of potential new export markets for companies looking to diversify away from the United Kingdom.”

The seminar also featured:

  • Conor Kenny, Investment Advisor, Select U.S.A., U.S. Embassy to Ireland
  • Ronnie O’Toole, Honorary Economist, IEA
  • Edel Kennedy, Head of Marketing, UrbanVolt
  • Tracey McGill, Int’l CSS Manager, Promise Gluten Free


For Further information contact:

Pascal Koenig, Communications & Public Affairs Manager


Tel:  01 642 4171 / 086 142 3310

About the Irish Exporters Association:

The Irish Exporters Association (IEA) assists its members to grow their exports to world markets. We drive and support the growth and development of all exporting businesses based in Ireland. Going forward we have realigned and redeveloped our strategy to support our members to grow their exports to world markets and in 2018, the IEA will perform 3 main functions:

  • Represent the needs of members in the development of policy, lobbying, intervention at government level and in the media. Brexit and the Diversification of Export Markets, Cost Competitiveness, the War for Talent and Entrepreneurship are at the core.
  • Trade Services include practical training, support and consultancy right across the supply chain including customs awareness and audits, export and import compliance, consular, business travel support, route to market and general assistance with trade related queries.
  • Knowledge Networks will support members to: explore new markets, route to market scenario planning, understand customs and supply chain challenges and provide thought leadership through a series of events and webinars. Networking and connectivity remain an important part of membership benefits.

The IEA represent the whole spectrum of companies within the export industry including SME’s who are beginning to think about exporting for the first time right through to global multinational companies who are already extensively exporting from Ireland as well as the providers of key services to the sector. It is the connecting force for Irish exporters, providing practical knowledge and support across the Island of Ireland and in foreign markets.