New EU leaders face an immediate threat of US 100% trade tariffs

New EU leaders face an immediate threat of US 100% trade tariffs

The start of any European Commission brings with it a sense of hope, a sense of new beginnings and new possibilities and a feeling curiosity in the face of the unknown ...

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EU-Vietnam trade deal is better for Ireland than damaging Mercosur

EU-Vietnam trade deal is better for Ireland than damaging Mercosur

The Vietnam free trade deal signed two days after the EU Mercosur agreement, to much less fanfare, has substantial opportunities for Ireland's exporters and - in ...

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Tech giants warn on US-China escalation

Tech giants warn on US-China escalation

Apple has joined Dell, Microsoft, HP and Intel in opposing US President Donald Trump’s proposed tariffs on laptop computers and tablets among the $300bn (€268bn) ...

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Ireland can benefit from escalating global trade spats

Ireland can benefit from escalating global trade spats

The visit of US President Donald Trump to Shannon last week may have improved his chances of re-election next year, as he and his sons made the most of the welcome ...

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Why Trump trade threat tweet for Mexico may have a €1.7bn price tag for Ireland

Why Trump trade threat tweet for Mexico may have a €1.7bn price tag for Ireland

The suddenness of the move took global markets by surprise.

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How the US-China trade war hits Ireland

How the US-China trade war hits Ireland

The latest flare-up in the US-China trade war, heralded by what we now expect as the norm by way of a tweet from US president Donald Trump, was as unexpected as ...

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Businesses in the North can still gain a Brexit boost

Businesses in the North can still gain a Brexit boost

Immediately after the crushing loss of over 1,000 local election seats by the Conservative Party last week, sterling strengthened to its best in over 12 months pushing ...

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Agrifood lobby may derail EU-US trade talks

Agrifood lobby may derail EU-US trade talks

The European Commission was given the green light last week to begin talks with the US on agreements to enable tariffs on industrial goods to be slashed by €26bn. ...

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Brexit 'progress' is not easing exporters' fears

Brexit 'progress' is not easing exporters' fears

The latest twist in the Brexit saga, promising as it may be politically, does nothing to ease the plight of businesses trading with the UK.

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Criticism of exporters' attempts to seek out new markets is wide of the mark

Criticism of exporters' attempts to seek out new markets is wide of the mark

Since the UK voted, back in 2016, to exit the EU, Irish exporters have consistently been warned that they were far too reliant on the British market. Recent events ...

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Irish builders face cost hikes in UK materials

Irish builders face cost hikes in UK materials

The vast majority of building materials used in the Irish construction sector are either sourced in the UK or enter Ireland through international distributors in ...

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Irish food firms urged to seek EU regional status

Irish food firms urged to seek EU regional status

The UK is urgently seeking to conclude what it calls "continuity trade agreements" with as many governments outside the EU as it can before the end of March deadline. ...

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Trade war looms as EU-US surplus hits record high

Trade war looms as EU-US surplus hits record high

The EU’s trade surplus with the US reached a record level in 2018, increasing the risk that US President Donald Trump’s annoyance could ignite a fresh ...

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Pharmaceuticals mask true health of Irish exports

Pharmaceuticals mask true health of Irish exports

Anyone taking a cursory glance at current pharmaceutical industry revenues and forecasts could be forgiven for thinking that all is well, writes John Whelan.

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Brace for export chaos at UK ports after Brexit

Brace for export chaos at UK ports after Brexit

The prospect of massive disruption to Ireland’s exports has ratcheted up, following the crushing rejection of the EU-UK withdrawal agreement in the House of ...

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Trade talks offer glimmer of hope for Irish exporters

Trade talks offer glimmer of hope for Irish exporters

Moving away from the apocalypse now unfolding in the British houses of parliament, there are reasons for business to be hopeful that 2019 may work out better than ...

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For the small guy, the risks are now a big issue

For the small guy, the risks are now a big issue

The writing has been on the wall for some time now, but even for the slow adopters, the writing is now writ large.

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Big opportunity for food exporters lies in Japan

Big opportunity for food exporters lies in Japan

Our most important market in Asia is currently creating headlines for all the wrong reasons.

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Brexit not the only concern for exporters in 2019

Brexit not the only concern for exporters in 2019

This year opens with what now seems the perennial gift of uncertainty for exporters plying their trade across world markets that are increasingly sanctions-hit and ...

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Irish food and beverage producers set to benefit from new EU regime

Irish food and beverage producers set to benefit from new EU regime

Producers of Christmas seasonings, thickeners, bulking agents, sweeteners and flavours formulated by the big food producers such as Glanbia, Ornua and Kerry Foods, ...

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Ireland starts to feel bite of US tax reforms

Ireland starts to feel bite of US tax reforms

Companies cool on foreign direct investment calls, writes John Whelan.

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Ireland leads in fight for manufacturing jobs for now

Ireland leads in fight for manufacturing jobs for now

These are good days for Ireland’s manufacturers as a resurgent economy driven by home-grown and foreign investment provide the biggest turnaround since the ...

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