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Belfast port. goods entering Northern Ireland from Britain rose by a fifth last year, according to the CSO. Photograph: Port of Belfast/PA Wire

Belfast port. goods entering Northern Ireland from Britain rose by a fifth last year, according to the CSO. Photograph: Port of Belfast/PA Wire

Goods entering the Republic from Britain fell by a fifth last year, according to the Central Statistics Office.

At the same time, goods entering Northern Ireland from Britain rose by a fifth and exports from North to South shot up by two-thirds.

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