Irish Exporters Association Annual Report 2019

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Irish Exporters Association Annual Report 2019

Irish exporters continue to meet challenges with resilience and foresight. This was the key message from our 69th AGM that took place virtually on 22nd September where our 2019 report was presented. Read our 2019 Annual Report here

In 2019, Irish exporters faced uncertain trading arrangements with the United Kingdom from 1st January 2021, global trade tensions and the climate crisis head on. The Irish Exporters Association remains your partner throughout your export journey.

In 2019 we had many highlights, these include:

  • Launching our Certificate in International Trade with the support of the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Simon Coveney TD and Martin McVicar, Managing Director of Combilift and welcoming three intakes of businesspeople. The relevance of the IEA’s Certificate in International Trade is particularly valuable to any business exporting to or importing from the UK and any 3rd country outside of the EU Single Market.
  • We continued to partner with Government. Our involvement in the Department of Foreign Affairs’ Brexit Stakeholders Forum, the Export Trade Council as well as the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation’s Enterprise Forum on Brexit and Global Challenges gave us the platform to bring our members concerns directly to the attention of policy makers.
  • Assisting and supporting our members with Brexit preparedness planning was a major part of our work in 2019. Our work has continued and evolves as negotiations develop.
  • Membership engagement is key to our work. The input and feedback we received from our members allowed us to effectively communicate with the Government and the EU and take part in public consultations at both national and EU level.
  • 2019 Export Industry Awards marked its 19th East Coast Bakehouse was the very worthy winner of the 2019 Exporter of the Year.