In 1997 Ireland's merchandise exports amounted to 35 billion. This was approximately 73% of GDP, a high proportion by international standards. The main areas of growth in Irish exports are the computers/electrical machinery and chemicals/pharmaceuticals industries. The principal destinations for exports are UK: 24.3%, Germany 12.S%, France 7.9%, Netherlands 6.8%, Belgium and Luxembourg 5.0%, Italy 3.3%, other EU Countries 6.8%, United States 11.4% and Japan 3.2%. TOP OF PAGE

In 1997 Ireland's merchandise imports were valued at 25.9 billion, approximately 54% of GDP. The principal sources of imports were UK 33.9% Germany 6.0%, France 4.7%, Netherlands 3.2%, Belgium and Luxembourg 1.1% Italy 1.8%, other EU Countries 4.6%, United States 15.0% and Japan 6.9%.

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