For decades, Britain has been by far the largest source of used equipment for Irish farmers, contractors and machinery dealers looking to import machinery. FTMTA figures show that a total of 3,010 used tractors were imported during 2020, which was only marginally behind the 3,045 used tractors imported in 2019.

It is estimated 95% of these used tractors came from Britain. To put this into context, the last two-year average shows there were 1,939 new tractors sold in Ireland each year.