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Affiliate Members of IIFA

  • TimoCom Freight Exchange

    TimoCom Freight Exchange
    The market leader among Europe's freight and vehicle exchanges. Up to 450,000 freight and vehicle offers daily and 100,000 users from 44 European countries. Try our four-week free, non-obligatory test

  • WD Training

    WD Training
    WD Training Centre specialise in aviation security training, including air cargo security training for freight forwarders, certified hauliers and known consignors nationwide. Check out our website for full details.

  • HAE Group

    HAE Group
    HAE is a multi-platform air cargo industry services provider. With seven divisions operating independently & collectively, the company offers the flexibility and industry insight to deliver unique solutions to our airlines and customers

  • Lankel Ltd.

    Lankel Ltd.
    Marine Container Refrigeration, with engineers servicing ports of Dublin, Cork & Belfast

  • Insurance – providing simple solutions to complex risks. Find out more at or contact Bryn Jones on or +44 1367 246130

    Tel: +44 1367 246130

  • Translogic

    Established in 2002, Translogic Limited is the specialist training division of the IAM Group of companies. Translogic provides a range of cargo related training courses covering the transportation of Dangerous Goods e.g. (DG Awareness) (DG Initial / Refresher) (DG Radioactive Initial / Refresher) (DGSA) and Lithium Batteries courses.
    Accredited to provide essential mandatory training, all instructors are highly qualified, experienced, and approved by the appropriate authorities. Tel: 01 827 6266

  • Conversation Piece

    Formed in 1978, Conversation Piece is a Wholly-Owned Irish Telecommunications & Data Company. As a leading player within the Irish Telecommunications Industry, Conversation Piece provides complete Communications Solutions on a National Scale to Small, Medium & Large-size Client Companies including a comprehensive Product Portfolio of fully integrated connectivity systems. Tel: 1800 300 678

  • Swissport Ireland

    Leading provider of air cargo handling, offering warehousing and associated services at Dublin, Cork, Shannon and Belfast. Regular inter-airport trucking service to UK at competitive rates. For more information please click here to email us.

  • Logiskills Group
    Recognised as the most established and respected recruiter servicing the freight forwarding industry. Contact us today on (01) 832 6330 to discuss your
  • Peter Lole Insurance Brokers
    We enjoy an enviable reputation as market leaders for our expertise in advising, handling and placing Insurance for Freight Forwarders, Hauliers, Warehousekeepers and Logistics
  • Azyra Freight Systems
    Azyra transforms your business by handling all your freight, warehousing, EDI, CRM and financials in a seamless enterprise system. Azyra is multi everything – currencies, companies, countries, warehouses and customs authorities – so you can do business everywhere with efficiency and confidence. A fixed monthly subscription covers everything – software, training, support and rapid ongoing enhancements. And it's backed up with fast, friendly and professional service and support.
    Tel: 01 293 9800
  • Thyme-IT

    Thyme-IT is a solutions provider for all electronic Customs and Excise requirements in Ireland. We provide web-based solutions for AEP (SAD), Electronic Manifest, EMCS, NCTS, ICS, CAP and provide Revenue-compliant solutions and services to the majority of companies in the Irish markets.

IIFA is the sole representative body and official voice of Freight Forwarding* in Ireland. Established in 1962, it has 100 members who between them employ more than 3,000 people and handle more than 90% of Ireland's €148 billion international merchandise trade.

Through its membership of the Customs Consultative Committee (CCC) and Trade Facilitation Ireland (TFI) the association participates in discussions on local issues affecting international trade.

Representation at international level is conducted through IIFA's membership of FIATA - The International Federation of Freight Forwarders' Associations.

Described by FIATA as the 'Architect of Transport', the Freight Forwarder acts as professional intermediary between the client and the transportation services utilised, and has the specialist knowledge and expertise needed for the consolidation, storage, handling, packing, and distribution of physical merchandise.

The Freight Forwarder will also service the client's ancillary requirements, including customs clearance, duty payment, and documentary credit arrangements.

The association's overall aim is to ensure that the concerns of members and their clients are heard and acted upon, thus ensuring that the flow of physical trade between Ireland and the rest of the world is as efficient and cost-effective as possible.

IIFA is aware of the strategic importance of its role in a country where 82% of manufacturing output is exported, much of it by the 1,000+ overseas companies that have located here. The association is pledged to raising the professionalism of the Freight Forwarding sector in Ireland through its educational and representative roles; and by fostering the highest ethical standards among its membership.

Freight Forwarding in recent years has undergone a massive transformation in response to the demands and opportunities presented by technology and globalisation. Logistical services, modern information and communications technologies, and total supply chain management are integral to a modern service sector now very far removed from its traditional image of warehouses and docks.

The Freight Forwarder's role will continue to evolve with technology and trade. Already, some local companies are providing services to clients in other countries. In the years ahead, it is anticipated that freight forwarding will develop as a valuable export service in its own right.

*Freight Forwarding is often confused with road haulage, shipping, or air cargo. While it is professionally involved with all of these, Freight Forwarding is a distinct service in its own right, dedicated to the efficient movement of physical trade across international borders.

Freight Forwarding* is the business of deciding the best modes and methods for moving specific goods according to a specific requirement, on a worldwide scale. The Freight Forwarder has often been described as a travel agent for cargo, however they are more widely known as the "Architect of Transport".

In the same way that an architect is employed to design and supervise the building of a house, the freight forwarder advises his client (manufacturers, exporters) on the best available options for the movement of his cargo. Advice is given regarding appropriate methods to physically transport the goods (via land, sea or air) and also specialist considerations regarding consolidation, storage, handling, packing, and distribution unique to different cargo types. Forwarders are also familiar with the import rules and regulations of foreign countries and the necessary documents related to foreign trade. The Forwarder then takes instructions from the client based on that advice and knowledge to oversee the performance of the various carriers involved in moving cargo to the end consumer.

The Freight Forwarder will also service the client's additional requirements, including customs clearance, duty payment, and documentary credit arrangements. Through the need of finding suitable quotes for his client the Freight Forwarder would have strong connections and relationships with carriers and service providers of all kinds. These relationships, coupled with their own knowledge of the industry, enable Freight Forwarders to save their client much time and avoid potential hazards by offering the best advice and securing a rate suitable to each client's unique needs.

Freight Forwarding may have once conjured up images of men clad in overalls working on the docks, however today Freight Forwarders are highly educated individuals with the necessary knowledge to safety transport goods across international borders. They are proficient with the latest information technology enabling them to track shipments across the globe in order to safely reach their destination.

*Excert from IIFA FIATA Diploma in Freight Forwarding - Module 1
  • To promote the interests of shipping, and forwarding agents, to improve their professional status, to secure uniform standards of practice and conduct
  • To represent the views of members, and on their behalf to enter into discussions with official bodies and their organizations
  • To promote public confidence in the profession, particularly through the prevention or correction of any abuse which might undermine this confidence

Council Members of the Irish International Freight Association

IIFA Honorary Secretary, Tom Thornton - Wells Cargo Logistics IIFA Vice President, Lisa Hughes - Campion Freight Services Ltd

IIFA President
Tom Thornton - Wells Cargo Logistics

IIFA Vice-President
Lisa Hughes - Campion Freight Services Ltd

Tom has worked in freight since 1977 where he has worked in all areas of the business and has held senior positions with international companies including CEO and CFO. He currently is Owner/MD of Wells Cargo Logistics. Tom also holds a diploma in marketing since 1988 and is a qualified Chartered Management Accountant (1993).

Commercial Director of Campion Freight Services Ltd, Lisa has worked in freight since 1997. She competed the IIFA FIATA Diploma course between 2010 - 2011 and became IIFA Vice-President in 2015.

Bob Rainsford - Forward Direct Terry Sweeney - Seabridge Ireland

IIFA Honorary Secretary
Bob Rainsford - Forward Direct

IIFA Honorary Treasurer
Terry Sweeney - Seabridge Ireland

Director - Shareholder of Forward Direct Ltd 2005 to present. Director - Shareholder of CRVTS Bvba. Rekkem Belgium 2010 to present. Bob is Honorary Secretary of the IIFA (elected 2013). Started in Freight business in 1980 and worked with various freight companies over the years and gaining a wealth of experience.

Terry Sweeney, General Manager of Seabridge Ireland Limited, an Irish owned International Logistics Operation with offices in Ireland, UK and China. He holds a Diploma in International Trade and Marketing and BSc. in Management Services (Transport) from Trinity College Dublin. He has over 20 years' experience in freight operations in all modes of transport having worked for ACL, IWT and TDG. He has managed the implementation of a number of large scale contracts for warehousing, transport and distribution between Ireland and GB. Terry is currently based in Dublin and has responsibility for P&L, commercial development and operational excellence & quality. He became a member of IIFA Council in 2012 and was elected Honorary Treasurer in 2013.
John Dawson - Bell Transport & Logistics Liam Davis - WPD Freight Management
John Dawson
Bell Transport & Logistics

Liam Davis
WPD Freight Management

Bell Lines Shipping 1993-1997. European Containers ECS 1997 to 2000.
WHS 2000 to 2002.
Commenced Bell Transport & Logistics Ltd as CEO 2002 - Specialising in Customs Clearance & Freight Forwarding.
AEO Certified 2010.
Elected to IIFA Council 2012.
Member Chartered Institute Transport & Logistics.
National Certificate in Transport & Distribution 1995.
FIATA Diploma 2009.
With over 40 years experience in the industy, Liam Davis set up WPD Freight Management in 2013 and joined IIFA Council at the 2015 IIFA AGM.

Eddie Mullins - EFL IIFA President - John O'Hanrahan - DHL Global Forwarding
Eddie Mullin

John O'Hanrahan
DHL Global Forwarding

Eddie Mullin - Managing director of EFL Intl. Distribution ltd. and chairman of SkanTrans Ireland - both Irish owned international freight forwarding companies. Eddie is a long standing council member of IIFA and a former vice president of the Association. Born in Dublin, he counts amongst his hobbies and pastimes mountain trekking, golf and salmon fishing.

John O'Hanrahan is President of IIFA (2013-2015) having served on council for the previous eight years and as Vice President for the past two years. John has over 35 years experience in the transport and logistics sector having started his career with the national shipping line B&I before taking up employment in 1988 with DHL Global Forwarding. In DHL he has held management positions both in Operations and Sales and Marketing before taking up his current roles as member of the Senior Management Board with overall responsibility for International Road Freight product development.
Seamus Kavanagh - IIFA Executive Officer

Seamus Kavanagh
IIFA Executive Officer

Seamus joined IIFA in September of 2008. Initially brought on board to assist in setting up the FIATA Diploma in Freight Forwarding, Seamus has gown with the Association and now holds the position of Executive Officer. During October 2013, Seamus Kavanagh travelled with IIFA Honorary Fellow Paddy Kenny to the 2013 FIATA World Congress in Singapore, through which they triumphant in having Dublin selected as the host city for the 2016 FIATA World Congress.
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