Overview of the Chemical Industry in Ireland and How to Buy Chemicals?

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Brief Introduction of Ireland

  • The capital of Ireland is Dublin
  • It has a population of 4,941,444 million.
  • The total area is 70,273 km2.
  • The official languages of Ireland are:
    • Irish
    • English
  • The currency is the Euro.

Economic Statistics of Ireland

Ireland is the 17th largest economy in Europe and 36th in the world. It has a GDP of $388.699 billion.

Economy Breakdown

  • Agriculture 0.9%
  • Industry 35.18%
  • Services 56.72%

Main Industries of Ireland

The largest industries of Ireland are:

  • Food products
  • Brewing
  • Textiles
  • Clothing
  • Chemicals
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Machinery
  • Transportation equipment

Ireland’s Main Import Partners

  • United Kingdom 30.7%
  • United States 16.4%
  • Germany 10%
  • Netherlands 5.32%
  • France 5.07%
  • China 41%

Ireland’s Main Export Partners

  • United States 28.2%
  • Belgium 9.97%
  • Germany 9.71%
  • United Kingdom 9.3%
  • China 5.38%
  • Netherlands 5.2%

Chemical Use in Ireland


Given the economic growth of Ireland, it is an attractive country for chemical trade. Ireland’s chemical industry is diverse and includes chemicals for:

  • Food Products
  • Brewing
  • Textiles

Food Production industry in Ireland.

Food Products

Ireland’s food products industry is huge. In the food products industries chemicals are extensively used. They are used as preservatives to protect and preserve food products from spoilage. Chemicals are also used as additives to add and enhance the flavour of food products. They are also used as artificial colorants to add colour to food products. They are also used to maintain a clean, fresh, and shiny appearance of foodstuffs. Moreover, chemicals are used for the packaging of foods.


In the brewing industry, chemicals are used at large. They are mainly used as additives for various purposes. Chemicals are used as enhancers of chemical stability and flavour stability. They are also used as antioxidants and colour regulating agents. They are used to add taste and flavour. Furthermore, they are also used to stabilise the foam.


The textile industry is one of the largest in Ireland. The use of chemicals in textiles is quite common and also necessary. Various chemicals are used in the different processes of the textile industry. Chemicals are used for dyeing, cleaning, and processing the textiles. Furthermore, chemicals such as textile softeners, wetting agents, wax removing agents, textile sizing chemicals etc. are used in the textile industries. They are used to enhance the texture and overall appearance of textiles.

Seaports and Trading Hubs of the Country


Ireland is accessible by both land and sea. For international trading, the main seaports are:

  • Dublin Port
  • Port of Cork
  • Port of Waterford

Dublin Port, Ireland.

For importing the goods, Camachem uses the largest port, the Dublin Port.

What Chemicals does Ireland Import?


According to the latest trade data, Ireland imported around $363.58 million in inorganic chemicals and $5.67 billion in organic chemicals. The imports include chemicals such as:

Ethyl Vinyl Ether is one of the key chemicals that we export to Ireland.

Ethylene Glycol Monovinyl Ether is one of the key chemicals that we export to Ireland.

Oxalic Acid is one of the key chemicals that we export to Ireland.

What Regulations are there on Importing Chemicals to the Country?


In order to import chemicals to Ireland the requirements are:

  • Shipments to Ireland require one copy each of the bill of landing (or airway bill) and the commercial invoice for customs clearance.
  • For the commercial invoice, it is advisable to include the date and place of shipment; the name of the firm, and address of the seller and the buyer; method of shipping; number, kind, and markings of the packages and their numerical order; description of the goods using the usual commercial description according to kind, quality, grade, and the weight (gross and net, in metric units) along with any factors increasing or decreasing the value; agreed price of goods; unit cost; total cost; insurance charges; delivery and payment terms; and the signature of a responsible official of the shipper’s firm.
  • Bills of landing should bear the name of the party to be notified. The consignee needs the original bill of landing in order to take possession of the goods.
  • Certificates of Origin or other documentation that clearly proves the products’ origin.

Why should Ireland Import Chemicals?


Availability – The local chemical industry produces quite a limited amount of chemicals and some customers require large amounts of chemicals in an efficient manner. It is highly in demand by various leasing industries. Due to the immense increase in the demand of chemicals, it is necessary for Ireland to import it in order to meet the needs of the country.

High Chemical Cost – Due to the fierce domestic competition and high costs of production, the local prices of chemicals are much higher than those in the world market. Therefore, chemicals are economical to buy from the international market. Ireland spent about $16.8 billion on chemicals in 2019.

Chemical Quality – While a majority of international chemical suppliers are well known for their good quality products, some small domestic producers can have varying chemical quality. Local chemical suppliers do not have good reputations and are generally not trusted much due to the bad quality of their products. Therefore, in order to get superior quality products that meet buyers’ high standards, internationally acclaimed suppliers are the best option.


Where can I Buy Chemicals for Ireland?


Camachem has been exporting chemicals to clients in Ireland. If you are looking to import chemicals in bulk and achieve cost-savings, then look no further because Camachem provides superior quality products at reasonable costs. Feel free to contact us at [email protected] or WhatsApp us at +86-131-2037-9271 for a FREE quote.

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