Thursday, 11 July 2019

Ceisteanna (418)

Robert Troy

Ceist:

418. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the exporting firm to active enterprises ratio in each year over the 2014 to 2018 period and to date in 2019; the corresponding EU average rate; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [31111/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Business)

Table 1 shows the number of goods exporting enterprises and the total number of active enterprises in Ireland for the years 2015-2017 as sourced from the CSO. It also shows the ratio of goods exporting enterprises to all active enterprises for these years. The ratio of goods exporting enterprises to total enterprises was 3.7% in 2015, 3.5% in 2016 and 3.5% in 2017. Data for 2018 and 2019 are not yet available.

Table 1: Ratio of goods exporting firms to all active enterprises for Ireland, 2015-2017

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2015

2016

2017

Goods Exporting Firms (Source: CSO, Trade by Enterprise Characteristics)

8,561

8,693

8,614

All Active Firms (Source: CSO, Business Demography Statistics)

248,843

250,033

271,166

Ratio of goods exporting firms to all active enterprises

3.7%

3.5%

3.5%

A comparable goods export ratio for the EU as a whole is not available, however comparable data is available for selected EU countries and this is presented in Table 2.

Table 2: Ratio of Goods Exporters to All Firms for Selected EU Countries, 2016. Source: Eurostat

Country

All Firms

Number of Goods Exporters

Ratio of Goods Exporters to All Firms

Belgium

659,387

54,438

8.3%

Bulgaria

347,962

23,068

6.6%

Czechia

1,037,883

17,865

1.7%

Denmark

224,942

25,598

11.4%

Germany

2,801,030

311,904

11.1%

Estonia

85,737

15,111

17.6%

Greece

765,974

18,521

2.4%

Spain

3,026,237

162,821

5.4%

France

3,558,735

107,835

3.0%

Croatia

147,181

7,998

5.4%

Italy

3,849,594

223,322

5.8%

Cyprus

52,325

3,102

5.9%

Latvia

116,393

12,420

10.7%

Lithuania

197,254

15,600

7.9%

Luxembourg

32,391

2,678

8.3%

Hungary

535,507

39,218

7.3%

Netherlands

1,155,256

117,517

10.2%

Austria

406,079

43,044

10.6%

Poland

2,015,506

121,169

6.0%

Portugal

843,693

48,687

5.8%

Romania

717,388

21,677

3.0%

Slovenia

143,451

22,404

15.6%

Slovakia

454,191

30,394

6.7%

Finland

289,631

14,225

4.9%

Sweden

758,640

45,414

6.0%

United Kingdom

2,467,365

142,520

5.8%

Goods exporters make up the vast majority of exporters in Ireland and data on the number of services exporting enterprises is not available from the CSO.