We assist our members to identify, connect and access new markets. We support our members in developing their business overseas, helping them to make in-market connections and to deal with market challenges.

Supporting and training companies in how to diversify their export markets is critical given the uncertain future we face with our biggest single trading partner. Through the diplomatic community, Irish Ambassadors overseas and foreign Embassies in Ireland we work with our members to identify the opportunities that lie in new markets as well as give them practical advice on how to get there.

The IEA are seeing an increasing interest in companies looking to diversify their export markets given the possible ramifications of trading in a post-Brexit environment. Germany is the top destination mentioned by 29% of IEA members surveyed who said they were looking to diversify in the near future. EU markets featured prominently with France being third with 23%, Spain fourth at 19% and the Netherlands, Belgium, Italy and Sweden all appearing in the top 10. There is also a growing interest in English speaking further flung markets with the USA (27%), Australia (17%) and Canada (16%) all gaining popularity.

The IEA have refined our service and training offering to support the industry given the potential changes coming down the line with Brexit. We currently offer an extensive range of training including Brexit for your Supply Chain which gives each participant clear guidance on customs procedures and documentation in a post-Brexit scenario. Our Certificate in International Trade will also support companies through practical and operational aspects of international trading as they look to diversify.

Our National Council truly reflects the membership in terms of geographical location, industry and company size. Through the Council’s regional connectivity members can avail of local supports in each province across the country. For more information visit our Southern, Western and Midlands section of the website in the ‘About Us’ dropdown.

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