The value of Irish goods exports fell by around 6% in July, according to new figures from the CSO.
The fall of just under €600m resulted in a tightening of the trade surplus, as imports dropped by around 2%.
The year on year picture is better though, with the value of exports on an adjusted basis up 25% on the same month last year.
Food exports have increased by €193m year-on-year, which TD Marcella Corcoran Kennedy says is good news for Irish producers: "The increase in export would be in meat, in cereals and in fish production.
"So what we want to see is this to continue to increase.
"I believe that we have the capacity to do it and as the markets grow I think that we will certainly increase again. By the end of the year I’d say we’ll see an overall increase."