The substantial increase in both exports and imports during the final months of the year led to goods exports in 2016 increasing by 1.1 per cent in terms of value and imports by 3.2 per cent.
Growth was bolstered mainly by trade within the EU whilst there was a downturn in trade with countries outside the EU.
Strong year for cars and food
In terms of volume, both exports and imports in all goods categories increased. In terms of value, passenger cars reported particularly strong figures, with car exports growing by 20 per cent and imports by 15 per cent. Food exports increased by almost 10 per cent and imports by 8 per cent.