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April 2017
 SeanMcCoolSean McCool recognised as Logistics & Transport Leader at 
Sean McCool, an Honorary Fellow of IIFA, saw his over 60 year career in the industry recognised on Thursday 30th March 2017 when he was awarded the 2017 Logistics & Transport Leader Award at 2017 Irish Logistics & Transport Awards.

Sean McCool is the Chairman of International Airline Marketing Limited (IAM), a company he established in 1989. The lead division in a group of companies that provide Air Cargo Sales, Trucking, Handling, Training and specialised Packaging Solutions; IAM is the official Irish office of a number of the world's largest Airlines, including American Airlines, Etihad, Air Canada and All Nippon Airways.

Sean's early career in the 1950s saw him heavily involved in the highly competitive international Air Cargo business, holding numerous senior positions including key roles in Seaboard & Western Airlines, Brinks (who he introduced to Ireland) and Aer Lingus commercial cargo, where he was responsible for the establishment of the highly successful cargo operation in Ireland and Europe.

Between 1960 and 1964 Sean participated as an Aer Lingus Executive on the Marketing Committee of the Confederation of Irish Industries.

Sean also established a number of companies in the Shannon Free Zone, including Shanex and South West Trading (entering the latter to joint venture with Minet Worldwide). In the 1980s Sean joined the board of Havelet Holdings (a Minet subsidiary).

Sean was also nominated for President of the Junior Chamber of Commerce Ireland on which he served on the National Executive and chaired one of the National Committees reporting through the then National President, Denis Murphy. In 1987 he assumed the position of Chairman, Ryanair Executive Jet Terminals. A year later, Sean went to South Africa as GM of Hudson Offshore Holdings, playing a key role in procuring one of the then largest projects in the Southern Hemisphere (1987/88).

Sean is founder member of the Irish Air Cargo Institute and was made an Honorary Fellowship of the Irish International Freight Association for service to industry. He is a former Council member of the Irish Exporters Association and a past VP of the European Confederation of National Freight Forwarders' Associations (C.L.E.C.A.T), a consultative body to the EU Commissioner of Transport. Following his appointment as Honorary Trade Commissioner for Republic of South Africa in Ireland, he established the Ireland South Africa Business Association in 1983.

Most recently, Sean McCool was a Member of the Local Organising Committee for the 2016 FIATA World Congress Dublin. Having been on the Local Organising Committee for the 1981 FIATA World Congress, the first occasion in which Ireland hosted this Congress, his help and guidance was most appreciated.

We congratulate Sean on his well-deserved Award.

 revalidation2017IIFA's FIATA Diploma course successfully re-validated 

Pictured L-R: Thomas Sim, Chairman of FIATA's ABVT and Seamus Kavanagh, IIFA

On Wednesday 29th March 2017, Seamus Kavanagh presented Ireland's version of the FIATA Diploma course to FIATA's Advisory Body Vocational Training (ABVT). FIATA's ABVT are responsible for investigating all global FIATA Diploma programmes to ensure that the Minimum Standards (guidance on topics to be covered for each Module) are appropriately implemented and to ensure that suitable training methodology is employed. With Representatives from across FIATA's global membership of Freight Forwarding professionals, this group is best positioned to review the course material and ensure that the content is relevant and up to date with the latest industry regulations and market place information.

Ireland's FIATA Diploma programme is somewhat unique among the 54 participating FIATA National Association's that offer this course, given its online approach. A full demonstration of IIFA's methods was presented to the assembled ABVT and following a thorough questions and answers session, IIFA was presented with a Re-Validation certificate. Of particular note from this re-validation was FIATA's praise for Ireland's results with doubling of webinar output across the 2015 - 2016 year group and its international achievement with its course offerings. As part of the 2015 - 2016 class group, Ireland worked with a Participant based in the USA who did not have a local option for this programme. The appeal of the FIATA Diploma to this participant was the international recognition the Diploma programme could provide and IIFA worked with FIATA's ABVT and that individual Participant in order to be the first FIATA National Association to deliver training internationally.

Regarding Ireland's place on the global FIATA Diploma scale, between 1996 - 29th March 2017, there have been 12,944 FIATA Diplomas issued worldwide. 523 of these have been to Ireland. Within Europe, the top Country for FIATA Diploma is France with 1396 however Ireland is within the top 5 and continues to grow.

This was the second re-validation for Ireland, with the course having been validated in 2008 and re-validated in 2013. Previous to this, Ireland did have a FIATA Diploma programme available through FAS between 1996 - 2010. At the time of writing, Ireland through FAS issued 361 FIATA Diploma Certificates while IIFA, since September 2008, has issued 162 directly. The present class group has 35 Participants and the 2017 - 2018 group, the tenth class group, will commence in September of this year.

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CLECAT's Maritime Logistics Institute analyses developments in the container shipping market. In recent months, focus has particularly been on consolidation and alliances and their impact on carriers' service offerings. Recently, debate has continued on these topics with regard to the crunch in capacity on Europe-Asia services and the launch of the latest alliance structure on 1 April.
CLECAT will approach DG Competition of the European Commission to discuss Forwarders' concerns and the current position of the Commission as concerns these recent market developments. The European Shippers' Council has also approached the CLECAT Secretariat to present Shippers' concerns with these issues and to discuss joint initiatives towards DG Competition.
A draft letter to the head of the Transport Antitrust unit in DG Competition, outlining the concerns of CLECAT and the ESC in this regard is under development. The proposal is to send an introductory letter at this stage, and to request a follow-up meeting in July once further evidence of market developments has been collected by CLECAT Association Members and the Commission services. In order to be able to present DG COMP with the relevant facts, CLECAT is asking the Members of their Association bodies to provide feedback on their direct experiences as concerns liner consolidation, alliances and the capacity issues to Asia, at this stage and as developments progress in the coming months.
Note that the intention at this stage is not to bring a case of anticompetitive behaviour against the Carriers, but to raise industry concerns and enquire as to the Commission's thinking.
Any IIFA Members that wish to have their experience shared with CLECAT and for inclusion as part of a draft letter are asked to send their feedback to the IIFA Office via e-mail to info@iifa.ie. As a new Member of CLECAT, IIFA wish would like to contribute to the lobbying power of CLECAT and would very appreciate Irish input on this issue.

The annual Irish Logistics & Transport Awards were held on Thursday 30th March 2017 and IIFA Members were well represented on the night. With 22 Awards available, IIFA Members were featured in half of the Awards. Winning Members were DHL Global Forwarding, DOPsys (HyTech Logistics), Kuehne & Nagel, SEKO Ireland and Wheels We Deliver, which joined IIFA only this year.
The full list of Awards for IIFA Members is below:
Logistics & Transport Team of the Year
DHL Global Forwarding
(L) Nicky Gill, Sales Director, DAF, presents Logistics & Transport Team of the Year award
to Maurice Meade, DHL Global Forwarding (R)

"This award is a tremendous acknowledgement for the whole DHL Global Forwarding team who work as one team to deliver the best possible customer experience," said Maurice Meade, DHL Global Forwarding Managing Director in Ireland. "We also aim to reach far beyond the scope of the traditional freight forwarder by continually expanding our service portfolio and finding ways to add value to our customers' business. I believe this is what gives us an edge and keeps us at the top of our game".
Emerging Company of the Year
Innovation in Action Award
The Heavey RF Supply Chain Achievement Award

The DOPsys Team at the 2017 ILTAwards

A press release from DOPsys commented on their success with the following: "We are delighted to announce that we picked up awards in all three of the categories we were nominated in last night at the Irish Logistics and Transport Awards 2017. This a great achievement and a testament to the hard work that everyone at DOPsys has put in over the last few years, and we would also like to say a big thank you to all involved in hosting such a fantastic evening."
Employer of the Year
Kuehne + Nagel
Freight Forwarding Company of the Year
Kuehne + Nagel
Logistics Company of the Year
Kuehne + Nagel
Overall Logistics & Transport Excellence Award
Kuehne + Nagel
The Kuehne & Nagel Ireland Team at the 2017 ILTAwards

Garry McCabe, Human Resource Director of Kuehne & Nagel Ireland praised this team's tremendous sweep of Awards, "To receive 4 awards at such a competitive event among an extremely strong peer group is truly remarkable."
"This is valid recognition of our companies continuous journey to improve our Business, our Customer Partnerships and our Employee Engagement practices. How we interact with our customers and our employees is fundamental to our success and we will continue to strive for excellence in both areas and we will continue to set the benchmark for our industry in Ireland in both areas."
"We are humbled and proud to be positioned with confidence to participate in these awards processes due to the belief and TRUST our colleagues have for our company. We take this opportunity to thank our colleagues for all of their efforts that make Kuehne + Nagel the Best Overall Logistics Company in Ireland."
Technology Award
SEKO Logistics Ireland
Martin Cunningham (Centre) accepting the Technology Award

Terry Allen, Director of SEKO Logistics in Ireland, commented: "We are extremely proud to have been recognised for the scope of the technology solutions we now provide to customers of all sizes. They enable us to compete successfully at the 'top table' of global logistics service providers and often surpass the capabilities of much bigger competitors. Through our ability to offer fast-to-implement, customizable and scalable software, our customers can use the same technology solution to manage their global supply chains whether they are doing business in Dublin, New York, Hong Kong or Sydney.

"Much of our growth is now being driven by our ability to demonstrate measurable benefits to customers looking for a highly integrated and highly sophisticated 3PL partner which offers bundled software and shipping solutions."
Courier Company of the Year
Wheels We Deliver
International Achievement Award
Virtu Financial Global Assets Logistics Project - Wheels We Deliver
L to R, Bernie Kinsella, MD, Wheels We Deliver, Joe Brannick, Operations Director,
Wheels We Deliver and Mike Kelly - Head of CI, Keeling's

A press release on from Wheels We Deliver thanked their clients for the role they played in Wheels success:
"Despite extremely tough competition across all the award sectors, we are so proud to announce that we awarded Courier Company of the Year 2017 & we also won the International Achievement Award for a Global Logistics project in collaboration with our client, Virtu Financial. We are immensely proud of the huge efforts our whole team of staff & exceptional fleet of drivers have made to make this possible, they are phenomenal."
"We also want to acknowledge that this award is as much our clients as it would not have been possible without their fantastic support & loyalty over the years. So just to say a BIG THANK YOU, we really appreciate it!"

Video Coverage of the 2017 Irish Logistics & Transport Awards
Video Coverage of the 2017 Irish Logistics & Transport Awards
(click to play)

Below is the second in of a series of three articles which will be run in IIFA Newsletters detailing information about the Latvian Logistics sector. The first article in this series can be found here.

The main priority of Latvia in transit and logistics sector is attracting of new containerized cargoes with high added value from Asia, particularly from such big perspective markets as China, India, Iran. Special attention is paid to the development of Eurasian land transport corridors and new container train routes. During the last years Latvia has been especially active in highlighting the issues of Eurasian connectivity on international arena, being the coordinating country for transport in ASEM format in 2015-2016 and since 2016 having become the coordinator of the logistics cooperation in the format of 16+1 between China and 16 Eastern and Eastern European countries. Special Secretariat on logistics cooperation in the format 16+1 has been created and operates in Latvia.

Keeping up with the trend of container train route development in Eurasia, Latvia is the most experienced country of the Baltic region in the organization of container trains. With 3 regular container trains, Latvia offers container shipments on the following routes:
  • Container train "Baltika Transit" - operates between the Baltic countries Kazakhstan and Central Asia;
  • Container train "Riga Express" - connects Riga with Moscow;
  • Container train "ZUBR" connects Estonia, Latvia, Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova and provides Baltic and Black Sea connection.
Latvia also gained big experience in serving of Northern Distribution Network containerized cargo transit to Afghanistan used by NATO.

In 2016 significant increase in containerized cargo volumes showed container train "Baltika Tranzit". The number of containers sent from Latvia during the last year increased by 108% and the number of containers sent to Latvia increased by 93%.

In November 2016, during the Prime Minister`s Summit of China and 16 Central and Eastern European Countries held in Riga, new pilot container train from Chinese city of Yiwu arrived in Riga. The train crossed 11 066 km to transport goods in 12 days from Yiwu to Riga and proved the great potential for land transportation routes between China and Europe via Latvia. Next container train should arrive very soon from China in Riga and transport cargo further to Hamburg via sea route. There are also plans for new container train routes from India and Iran via Latvia.

With the new container train routes Latvia offers a gateway for Chinese and Asian goods to Northern Europe. Due to convenient geographical location in the center of the Baltic States and Northern Europe it is possible to deliver goods from Latvian ports and logistics centres to the Baltic States and even to Stockholm, Helsinki and Warsaw in 24 hours and in 48 hours to any stores and retail chains in Scandinavia - 26,4 millions of consumers.

Active cooperation is ongoing between Latvia and Duisburg Port to serve the increasing flow of goods from China to Europe. Both sides are looking for new cost effective routes from China to Northern Europe and back. Active cooperation is developing with China Merchant Group, which develops logistics for large China-Belarus Industrial Park "Great Stone" near Minsk. Latvia is offering its infrastructure for equipment delivery to the industrial park as well as for goods distribution to Scandinavia produced in the industrial park. In addition perspective investment projects are offered for logistics and industrial development in Latvian ports and transport nodes. For instance in the framework of the new railway line Rail Baltica near Riga it is planned to develop Asia-origin goods freight village on the crossroads of both railway systems1520 mm and 1435 mm.
Thank you to Zigmunds Zamockis, Second Secretary,
Embassy of the Republic of Latvia in Ireland for this Guest article.

L to R, IMDO Director Liam Lacey, Deirdre Clune MEP
and IMDO Business Development Manager Edel O'Connor.

Ireland's port traffic remains strong in 2016 despite challenging trading environment

The 14th edition of the Irish Maritime Transport Economist, a report produced by the Irish Maritime Development Office (IMDO) on Ireland's maritime freight industry, was launched today in the Gibson Hotel, Dublin.
The report shows that in 2016, total port traffic increased by 2%, with growth driven predominantly by unitised trade, Roll-on/Roll-off (RoRo) and Lift-on/Lift-off (LoLo) traffic, both of which grew by 7% in 2016. The report also highlights an 11% increase in the number of cruise vessel calls to Irish ports, with 274 calls recorded in 2016, while passenger numbers between the island of Ireland, Great Britain and continental Europe declined by 2.6% to 4.3 million passengers in 2016.
Key figures
  • 2% increase in total port traffic recorded in 2016
  • 7% increase in RoRo traffic to 1,073,403 freight units
  • 7% increase in LoLo traffic to 916,852 TEUs
  • 5% decline in total bulk traffic, driven by reduced demand for oil, coal and other bulk commodities
  • Overall passenger traffic declined 2.6% in 2016, but 11% increase in cruise vessel calls recorded

Freight Traffic
The growth recorded in unitised trade, which is closely correlated with consumer demand, points to increased consumer confidence in the Irish economy in 2016. With over 80% of RoRo traffic moving between the Republic of Ireland and the United Kingdom, the growth in RoRo traffic recorded in 2016 is also a reliable proxy for the performance of trade between both economies, despite economic and political uncertainty in 2016.

In contrast, total bulk traffic, comprising dry bulk, liquid bulk and break bulk, fell by 5% in 2016 to 28.5 million tonnes.  Dry bulk volumes fell by 1% to 15.8 million tonnes and liquid bulk volumes fell by 9% to 11.3 million tonnes in 2016, with demand for commodities in these categories such as animal feeds, fertilizer, coal and oil affected by relatively warm and dry weather conditions. Break bulk traffic fell by 5% to 1.4 million tonnes, mainly driven by a 40% decrease in shipment of refuse derived fuel. When these shipments are excluded, break bulk traffic grew by 2% in 2016, with increases recorded in the shipment of commodities such as cement, which underpin growth in the Irish construction sector.

Passenger Traffic
Figures for 2016 show a decline of 2.6% in passenger numbers between the island of Ireland, Great Britain and continental Europe to 4.3 million passengers. The largest decline in passenger traffic was recorded between the Republic of Ireland and Great Britain, with a decline in passenger numbers of 5% to 2.2 million recorded in 2016. This decline in sea passenger traffic is in contract to strong growth in air passenger traffic in 2016. Car volumes to and from the island of Ireland also decreased by 1% in 2016, to 1.28 million.

Ireland's cruise industry, however, recorded growth in 2016 with an 11% increase in vessel calls in 2016. 274 vessels called to Irish ports in 2016 carrying 442,304 passengers and crew. Dublin Port remained Ireland's busiest cruise terminal with 109 vessel calls carrying 159,124 passengers and crew, a 7% increase in passenger traffic from 2015.

Speaking at the launch of the 14th edition of the Irish Maritime Transport Economist, Liam Lacey, Director, IMDO, said: "As a maritime nation and an economy, we are heavily dependent on seaborne transport to link Ireland to world markets. While 2016 was a challenging year for business, the overall increase in port traffic and strong growth in unitised trade demonstrates the resilience of Ireland's maritime industry in continuing to meet the needs of our growing economy. While the impact of Brexit on the trading environment is not immediately apparent in bilateral trade volumes recorded between Ireland and the UK in the second half of 2016, our maritime industry is influenced by factors such as exchange rate fluctuations that will continue to evolve in 2017."

Hawthorn Logistics Logo

Hawthorn Logistics, Full Trading Members of IIFA, recently celebrated their tenth Birthday in Swords with over 30 colleagues past and present. Established in March 2007 Hawthorn Logistics has grown from a team of 4 to 28 with staff members, implants and warehousing teams covering Dublin, Cork, Shannon, Waterford & Dundalk.
Hawthorn Logistics is a wholly Irish owned Freight Forwarder, offering services to or from any part of the world. Staff are highly skilled and provide efficient, cost effective and regulatory compliant services for all import and export needs. Earlier this year, Peter Furlong was chosen to represent Ireland in FIATA's Young Freight Forwarder of the Year, and we wish him good luck competing for the European title.
Director, Terry Allen, has been in the industry since 1979. He began his career with Aer Lingus and has worked as Sales Director for MSAS and EXEL, specialising in developing links and routes with Ireland and Asia. He explains -
"We understand the issues that drive customer requirements, it's part of our DNA and have consequently developed the company to meet and exceed these needs. Celebrating 10 years in business this year we have managed to grow the company year on year. We would like to thank our customers and our staff for their support and hope that we can all join in another celebration 10 more years down the road.
We have moved from a modest 4,000 square foot building to a state of the art facility incorporating 3,500 square feet of offices with a 65,000 square foot narrow aisle, fully secure warehouse. During that time we have worked on building a reputation in the market for excellent service at acceptable cost."
For more information log on to www.hawthornlogistics.ie

irishferriesICG Cuts the First Steel for New €144 Irish Ferries Cruise Ferry
in Flensburg, Germany

On Friday 7th April 2017, Eamonn Rothwell, Chief Executive of Irish Continental Group plc accompanied by Andrew Sheen, Managing Director of Irish Ferries visited the shipyard of Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesselschaft & Co.KG in Flensburg, Germany to oversee the cutting of the first steel plate for use in the construction of their new €144million cruise ferry, which is scheduled for delivery in mid 2018.
When in service, the vessel will accommodate 1,885 passengers and crew, with 435 cabins and with capacity for 2,800 lane metres of freight (165 freight vehicles) plus an additional dedicated car deck with capacity for 300 passenger cars.
"This first steel cutting is more than symbolic and starts the practical construction of our new build. This investment underpins the confidence the Group has in both the freight and passenger tourism markets between Ireland, Britain and France", Mr. Rothwell said.

IIFA Full Trading Member DHL Global Forwarding recently certified its air freight station in Dublin according to the CEIV Pharma Standard of the International Air Transport Association (IATA). The CEIV Pharma Certification of the aviation industry's umbrella association attests the highest service and quality standards for life sciences and healthcare customers through uniform processes and a compliant network.

"Over many years, DHL has been actively involved with IATA's continuous efforts to adequately answer to the regulatory demands of the pharmaceutical industry. This standardized approach in the air freight industry means productivity, accuracy, and reliability. All of these lead to product integrity and patient safety," states David Bang, Global Head of DHL Temperature Management Solutions and CEO LifeConEx at DHL Global Forwarding.

DHL started to certify its global stations according to the IATA CEIV Pharma Standard in the third quarter of 2016. Following independent audits by third parties and training courses for employees on site, the DHL Air Thermonet station in Dublin recently received the quality label.

Due to its unique cloud-based IT platform LifeTrack, DHL offers complete transparency in the area of temperature-controlled transport. LifeTrack ensures shipment tracking and enables intervention if required, 24 hours a day - 365 days a year. With this quality assurance initiative, DHL positions itself as a reliable partner for the transport of complex, temperature sensitive pharmaceutical products.

"For many years the focus on regulatory compliance has been increasing in the life sciences sector and DHL continues to place significant emphasis on improving our service quality.  Supply Chain integrity is critical for this sector and we will continue to invest in our people and processes to ensure we meet the exacting standards of our customers in this industry", commented Maurice Meade, Managing Director, DHL Global Forwarding (Ireland).

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Pictured L-R: Oran Murphy, Commercial Director, Zehnacker HealthCare Ireland
& Mark English, Sales Director, Wheels We Deliver

Zehnacker Healthcare Ireland have announced a strategic partnership with Wheels We Deliver as part of their Decontamination Services. Zehnacker's decontamination services recent expansion has included the development of a €5m state of the art CSSD on the grounds of Cappagh Hospital, Dublin which now serves hospitals across Ireland from Cork to Waterford. Their future plans include the development of a number of additional large scale CSSD's across the country in similar public private partnership models. Website: www.zehnacker.ie

Wheels We Deliver are IIFA Full Trading Members and are one of Ireland's leading courier companies providing tailored solutions to the healthcare & medical sector including delivery of Medical Equipment, Pathology/Specimen samples & Blood Transportation. Their fleet of sterile, hygienically lined vehicles & DGSA trained drivers provide 24/7- 365 cover across Ireland.

dacsherDachser Acquires Majority Interest in its
Irish Partner, Johnston Logistics

As of Tuesday 24th April 2017, DACHSER has become a majority shareholder of its partner in Ireland, Johnston Logistics Ltd. This acquisition allows DACHSER to expand and strengthen its logistics network throughout northwestern Europe.
"Our customers in Ireland already benefit from uniform services and quality standards, fixed transit times, and a tightly meshed network of DACHSER branch offices throughout Europe," says Michael Schilling, COO Road Logistics at DACHSER. "In Johnston Logistics, we've acquired a well-established family company that we've worked with and trusted for a long time. We see this investment as an exciting opportunity to further enhance our all-important European network."
Albert Johnston will remain a shareholder and Managing Director of DACHSER's new subsidiary in Ireland. "Ireland's tremendous economic growth makes it a key logistics region. This purchase allows us to offer our customers the entire range of high-quality services that DACHSER is renowned for," says Wolfgang Reinel, DACHSER Managing Director of European Logistics for North-Central Europe.
Since it entered into partnership with DACHSER in 2007, family-owned Johnston Logistics has tapped international markets and benefitted from daily departures to DACHSER's European overland network. DACHSER organizes Ireland shipments at its branch offices in Cologne, Germany and Zevenaar, the Netherlands. There are also daily connections between Ireland and the UK.

limitsofliabilityLimits of Liability (Cargo Claims)

By Sea - Hague Visby Rules
SDR 2 per kilo or 
SDR 666.67 per package

By Road - CMR
SDR 8.33 per kilo

By Air - Warsaw/Montreal
SDR 19 per kilo

IIFA Standard Trading Conditions 
SDR 2 per kilo 

The SDR rate on 26/04/2017 
according to the
International Monetary Fund
was 1 SDR = 1.256250 Euro
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