EU Report Confirms SMEs to Benefit from TTIP


North Kildare Chamber has welcomed today’s (20/04/15) EU Commission report which identified a number of barriers currently faced by Kildare SMEs when trying to trade with the US, barriers which would be eased through the implementation of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.


Speaking today, Allan Shine,  Chief Executive, North Kildare Chamber said, “The findings of this report confirm what we have been saying for a number of months – that reducing non-tariff trade barriers are likely to be more of an opportunity for SMEs’ to export than for large firms. TTIP will address a number of barriers currently faced by Kildare SMEs including complex customs procedures and burdensome regulatory compliance.” This announcement today follows a Chamber meeting with the US Ambassador Kevin O’ Malley to Ireland in February of this year.


“The report also highlighted a significant knowledge gap for SME’s in the area of regulation. This gap would be addressed by the inclusion of an ‘SME Chapter’ in the agreement, something for which  the Chamber in Kildare have consistently called for,” he concluded.


The report can be accessed here.

Recent Chamber meeting with US Ambassador to Ireland, Kevin O’Malley




CEO and President Kerry EMEA Eoin O’Connell, Ian Talbot CEO Chambers Ireland, Mark Redmond CEO Irish American Chamber, , Dave Cagney Site Leader Pfizer and Leonard Hobbs Director of Corporate Affairs Intel,

Allan Shine, CEO North Kildare Chamber, Niall Browne Past President of North Kildare Chamber, Kevin O’Malley US Ambassador to Ireland, Michael Davern CEO The K Club, John Quinn GM IFS and Finola Cunningham US Embassy