Business Delivery Solutions to Ireland
Sharing the UK’s only land border, Ireland is the closest trading partner in terms of distance alone.
With a population of 4.6 million people, the Republic of Ireland is only 29th in size for European markets, however, the geography of the Republic makes all shoppers highly accessible and is one of the UK’s most popular trading partners.
Due to its close proximity, strong transport links, an open economy, language, and cultural similarities, doing business in Ireland is a common first step for many UK based businesses when they begin exporting overseas. It was the UK’s fifth-largest trading partner in 2018 and the 10th largest source of imports.
Arranging parcel deliveries to Ireland with Whistl can be fast and affordable thanks to the relatively short distance and strong transport links. We offer a wide range of reliable mail and parcel delivery solutions to Ireland that will suit your needs. With expert knowledge of the market and strong partnerships with key network providers, Whistl can support your business in creating successful delivery solutions to this market.
Irish Trading and Postal Statistics
In 2018, UK exports to Ireland were worth £35.1 billion; imports from Ireland were £21.6 billion. Ireland accounted for 5.5% of UK exports and 3.2% of its import market, making it the fifth and ninth-largest export and import partner respectively. Such a strong relationship that continues to grow means there is a lot of opportunity and benefits for businesses in both countries.
In 2018, An Post the national postal service reported a 7% increase in revenue, at €897 million. Though there had been a decline in its traditional mail business, this was dramatically offset by a 40% rise in the parcel volumes, with over 42 million parcels were delivered.
Parcel growth for the Republic of Ireland in 2018 was aided by e-commerce purchases especially within key calendar events, with a record-breaking Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and for the Christmas period.
If you are looking to send mail or parcels to Ireland, Whistl is the delivery partner of choice, we offer flexible international parcel delivery solutions to meet your needs.
Arrange Parcel Delivery to Ireland with Whistl
Convenient collection times, fast and reliable parcel delivery are all part of our delivery solutions, we make the whole process easy by collecting, transporting, sorting and delivering your customers items to the Emerald Isle, with a complete range of services for tracked, standard and express delivery options available, we find the right solution for your business.
The Republic of Ireland and its Shipping Potential
Whistl has conducted a research study into the Republic of Ireland to understand changing customer international buying habits.
Our research study was conducted online from 25th – 29th March 2020 and all participants were sourced from a large international online panel provider.
The top trends in the purchasing habits of consumers in the Republic of Ireland have been highlighted below.
35% made a purchase in the last four weeks!
Consumers in the Republic of Ireland want better prices, the latest products, and unique items and they are no longer limited to local markets. For businesses wanting to expand their customer base, seeking opportunities in foreign markets is an ideal market place to explore.
It’s vital they understand the market with the Republic of Ireland further to attract and retain shoppers. Whistl has outlined some key facts from our recent cross-border consumer research findings, to provide businesses further insight into these customer habits, expectations, and concerns.
What items are the Republic of Ireland buying from international sellers?
67% of consumers in the Republic of Ireland purchased fashion items (clothing, shoes & accessories)
Which countries are coming out top when it comes to purchasing goods internationally?
The majority of Republic of Ireland shoppers have purchased an item from:
The Republic of Ireland's Expectations and Concerns
a complex returns process was a concern
acceptable delivery window
customs (costs & processes) a disadvantage
What do consumers in the Republic of Ireland see as the main advantages and disadvantages of cross-border purchasing?
|71% do so to take advantage of better prices||57% were concerned about longer delivery times|
|61% to gain a product not available locally||43% about receiving low quality or fraudulent goods|
|49% to access a unique product||42% about complex return procedures|
The most popular retailer websites for our Republic of Ireland panel
- Amazon (67%)
- eBay (42%)
The most popular payment options for our Republic of Ireland panel
- PayPal (62%)
- Credit card (43%)
- Debit card (25%)