The UK’s export of cereals to the Republic of Ireland dropped 36% last year, according to figures from the Irish Maritime Development Office.

Between 2020 and 2021, UK cereal exports to Ireland plummeted whilst Canadian grains arriving on the Emerald Isle rose 34%. Fruit and veg from the UK fell even more sharply, with a 52% drop – this looks to have been replaced by the Netherlands, which saw its exports to Ireland jump 42%.

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Much of the changing trade pattern has been put down to Brexit altering where the UK's exports go to, mainly down to physical challenges getting into EU countries, like Ireland. This can be seen through a massive 368% rise in freight volume moving between Rosslare and continental Europe.