Interested in becoming an IEA member? Contact one of our Business Development Managers here to find out more or sign up for IEA membership here

At the IEA, we focus on providing businesses exporting from Ireland with the soft and hard skills to succeed when trading on the international stage. Through our extensive training offerings, consular services and markets network, the IEA provides its members with extensive practical assistance.

You can find our various events and training courses here. Interested in attending any of our events and training courses? Just click on the event and sign up directly.

To facilitate growth in the industry, it is important that exporting businesses have access to services in the financial services, ICT and logistics and freight amongst others. To this end, we make public the names and contact details of our members providing the exporting industry with the crucial services to foster the growth of their business.

Not sure about signing up to become an IEA member? Some of our events are free or attend one of our training courses. Alternatively, contact one of our Business Development Managers for further

Visa and Consular Services

Contact our Visa and consular department for questions around visa requirements.

We will provide you with the business visa requirements and the material needed. We source our requirements from the official embassy website which is updated regularly.

It varies with each embassy. The process length is at the discretion of embassies.


We have a programme of scheduled short courses, which cover the practicalities around the complex international trade environment. If your team need upskilling, we can bring any of these training course in-house in order for you and your team to gain a better understanding of their responsibilities.

AEO, or trusted trader status, is issued by customs administrations in the EU, so for Irish businesses it would be through the AEO unit at Revenue. AEO involves a detailed inspection of your business. It is trade facilitation measure that recognises reliable operators and encourages best practice in the international supply chain. There are many financial and operational benefits from becoming an AEO certified company, including worldwide recognition of being a safe and compliant operator, faster movement of goods through borders, priority treatment if physical checks are necessary, easier access to simplified procedures, reduction or waiver of comprehensive guarantees.

The Good Distribution Practice Passport is an IEA accredited programme based on EU GDP regulations. In order to obtain the GDP Passport, you must be involved in handling, manufacturing or distribution of pharmaceutical products. The GDP Passport ensures your business is fully compliant in GDP. There are a number of steps to complete to achieve the GDP Passport, including training and auditing. Find more information on attaining the GDP Passport here


The IEA is the source of practical support to businesses exporting from Ireland across the world. As an IEA member, your business will benefit from our exclusive export services and networking opportunities. As an IEA member, you will also benefit from discounted rates for our consular services and training courses.

The IEA is a valued partner to the Ireland Government and currently represents the Irish exporting industry on a number of Government stakeholder groups. For this, the IEA operates a number of Policy Groups and Regional Councils to inform and steer the IEA’s representation. For further information, contact Communications and Public Affairs Manager Pascal Koenig

The IEA offers a broad range of events and training courses aimed towards helping your business succeed when trading internationally. Find our full range of events and training courses