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March 2017
 brexitseminar
IIFA Members discuss BREXIT at National Seminar


L to R, Fionn Uibh Eachach, Director VAT - KPMG Ireland, Frankie Devlin, Partner - KPMG Northern Ireland, Tom Thornton, IIFA President, Deirdre Clune - MEP Ireland/ Member of the Transport Committee - European Parliament and Guest Moderator Anton Savage.
Not pictured, John McGrane, Director General, British Irish Chamber
 
On Tuesday 21st February 2017, over 120 Business Leaders from across Ireland's Freight, Logistics and Distribution industries assembled at IIFA's seminar to discuss BREXIT and its potential impact on their industry.
 
Opening the seminar, IIFA President Tom Thornton updated the Audience on the Associations activates in preparing for BREXIT. In addition to working with Government Departments as a recognised Stake-Holder group, IIFA's key initiative has been its decision to join CLECAT, the European Association for Forwarding, Transport, Logistics and Customs Services, based in Brussels, Belgium. Through this Membership, IIFA will have an avenue to voice Ireland's specific industry concerns with a key advocacy within Brussels.
 
The speaker panel which included Deirdre Clune, MEP - Ireland's representative on the EU Transport Committee, John McGrane, Director General, British-Irish Chamber of Commerce, Frankie Devlin, Partner and Fionn Uibh Eachach, Director VAT, KMPG Ireland.
 
The final hour of this seminar took a workshop approach through which the assembled Business Leaders were asked to collectively address 6 key questions, with a Guest Moderator (Anton Savage) facilitating answers to the questions from a selection of tables. The first of these questions took the form of a SWOT analysis (Strengths, Weakness, Opportunities and Threats) and then looked forward to appropriate responses to the anticipated effects of BREXIT from Government perspectives and questioning any areas which may be absent from popular/ mainstream BREXIT dialogue within Ireland.
 
One key item arising from the Group discussion was recognition that Customs Clearance administration will almost certainly increase once the UK leaves the EU. Whatever form a border will or will not take, it will be necessary to process Customs declarations and appropriate documentation as required. IIFA has been proactive in this area and will later this year launch a Customs Clearance and Practical SAD Competition course in order to provide its Members with the necessary skillset to handle the new requirements of a post-BREXIT Ireland.


While there are a number of suggested avenues to pursue, based on the feedback from this seminar, IIFA would prioritise the following courses of action:
 
1. Seek recognition from European Union that Ireland is in a unique position and that this situation will be a factor when Negotiations begin.

2. Government to analyse present infrastructure surrounding Ports and Airports. This to include consultation with Trade and Private Transport providers regarding extra capacity Vessels/ Aircraft if deemed necessary.

3. Begin training Revenue staff and Trade in the areas of Customs Clearance.
 
The workshop session was of vital importance in that the assembled industry Representatives were given the opportunity to volunteer key opinions and concerns for the Freight, Logistics and Transport industries surrounding BREXIT. The aim of this session was for IIFA to collate this information in order to present same to Irish MEPs and relevant Government departments. With an Audience made up of Owner Managers and Senior Level Executives from leading Multi-National companies based in Ireland and all involved in arranging the International Carriage of Goods across International Borders, the information sourced on the day offered insightful information on the real issues facing Ireland as the one EU Member that will be greatest effected by BREXIT, a vote the Country had no participation in.
 
"BREXIT is the most important and significant issue to happen to Ireland this century," stated IIFA President Tom Thornton with his closing remarks. With an event that will impact all industries across this Island economy, IIFA will continue to work collaboratively with Government to provide the insight and information that is needed in order to ensure the best possible outcome for Ireland when BREXIT negotiations begin. Tom Thornton also praised the Government for their proactive approach on BREXIT and engagement with trade through various Country wide stakeholder engagements.
 
Future BREXIT preparations - IIFA's 5 Point Plan
 
1 Continued engagement with Government departments
2 Continued attendance at BREXIT forums
3 Direct contact with MEP & TDs and to Lobby EU via CLECAT
4 Upskill Irish Freight industry with launch of IIFA Customs Clearance course
5 Setup all island workgroup to study frictionless borders
 
A full summary of the findings from this seminar have been issued to all IIFA Member Representatives. If you did not receive a copy of this report and are interested to read same, please contact the Association Secretariat via info@iifa.ie

 leesideNew Cork - Liverpool Container service


Leeside Shipping, agents for BG Freight Line in Cork are pleased to announce a new container service between the ports of Cork and Liverpool. This new service is due to commence in week 13. This is the first time these ports have been connected directly, and the new route will offer greater opportunities for customers in the South of Ireland to make connections with the deep-sea services now calling at the Port of Liverpool, particularly from Canada, the east coast of the US and the Mediterranean. The new service will also provide a quay-to-quay route for tank operators, and door to door opportunities into the North of England, Midlands and Scotland - regions previously only accessible via Dublin.

The weekly schedule will be:
Saturday Liverpool
Monday Cork
Wednesday Liverpool
 
At the end of the each week, the vessel will continue to offer services between Belfast, Greenock and Liverpool.
 
BG Freight Line is one of the companies within the Peel Ports Group, and currently operates 23 containerised vessels, offering a variety of services at following Ports:
Cork, Dublin
Belfast                        
Felixstowe, Teesport, South Shields, Immingham, Liverpool
Grangemouth, Greenock
Antwerp
Rotterdam
Montoir, Brest, Dunkerque
 
Their frequency of sailings is one of the best in the trade, with each Port having at least two calls per week. In 2016, BG Freight Line was named the Ship Operator of the Year at the Marine Industry Awards.

'As an island economy, Ireland needs shipping services to access markets around the world. The reliability, efficiency and competitiveness of these services influence national competitiveness, international trade and the job creation potential of the Irish Economy. Put simply, excellent shipping services help the Irish economy to grow. This reward recognises excellent in this mode of transport'.
 
 
 

In 2018, the company will take delivery of 4 new build 'green' vessels. The sister ships are currently under construction at Zhoushan Changhong International Shipyard, and have been developed by BG Freight Line, in conjunction with designers CIMC ORIC and Arkon Shipping. The vessels are being built to DNV GL specification and fitted with state-of-the-art features in order to comply with Emission Control Area (ECA) requirements - a clear commitment to achieving the highest possible environmental standards.
 
For further details on the new service, please contact:
Bob Berkery   
Direct Line - 021 4628007
 
Maria Crowley
Direct Line - 021 4628006

 boardgame
Business on the Move board game
throws its first dice in Irish Primary School


Business on the Move board game ready for play

Business on the Move is an educational board game to excite and inspire players about global supply chains. With a game board featuring a manufacturing facility in China on one side and real UK based retail destinations on the left, the game teaches players about the processes involved in international trade by rolling dice and making decisions.

Invited by Stuart Burke of IIFA Full Trading Member Hytech Logistics, game creators Andy Page and Pat Smedley ran a group game in St. Oliver Plunkett's Primary School in Malahide, Co. Dublin with Mr. Fortune's 5th class Pupils on Thursday 16th February 2017.

Pupils were divided into teams and given a base of operations with start-up cash. A Banker then showed the pupils how to invest their money in suitable transport facilities in order to fulfil their order cards for their Customers, the only way to make money and edge closer to winning the game by earning the most profit. Through playing the game, pupils discovered how manufactured goods travel from an international manufacturer to the United Kingdom and the dangers that could befall them. As the game progressed, Andy and Pat threw curve ball scenarios onto each board, encouraging pupils to react to and be conscious of CO2 emissions and other dangers for which they could be safe from... provided that they had invested in Insurance!

"I have believed for many years that the introduction of "The Supply Chain" to young people at an early age would be welcomed and understood by the children. Today's exercise with Andy and Pat and their excellent game proved to be a real success with the pupils who showed a huge appetite to learn about The Supply Chain in this effective and fun way. The feedback from Mr. Fortune and the children was incredible, they are already looking for further opportunities to fit the game into their busy schedule."
- Stuart Burke, Managing Director, Hytech Logistics

Stuart Burke, HyTech Logistics, Pat Smedley, Andy Page, Business on the Move, outside of St.Oliver Plunketts National School, Malahide, Co. Dublin

"Within 10 minutes I could see that the Pupils had a real handle on the game. They were planning their next moves while their classmates played their turns out. What was really special was when Pat declared a special rule for double movement on dice rolls. Having learned that the longest distance on the game was for bringing containers by sea, one team immediately dropped their focus on delivering their goods locally and applied the movement advantage strategically for later benefit. It's fantastic that the game introduces players to facts about the industry and to see the pupils react in such a way really showed how effective Business on the Move is as a learning tool."
- Seamus Kavanagh, Executive Officer of Irish International Freight Association

Andy Page and Patricia Smedley are former teachers who have set up a not-for-profit social enterprise that has developed a fun educational game that is intended to excite and inspire 9 to 19 year olds about business and the global supply chain. Following extensive trials with nearly 600 young people aged 9-19, logistics managers and HR staff, their educational board game, Business on the Move, was launched in the summer of 2014. Since then, the game has visited both schools and businesses around the UK. A regular feature at the annual Multimodal exhibition in Birmingham, UK, Pat and Andy showcased their game in Dublin during 3rd - 8th October 2016 as part of the 2016 FIATA World Congress Dublin. Pat and Andy are now working on a Global Edition of the game, featuring a larger map and greater involvement from freight, transport, distribution and retail partners from around the globe.

For more information, please see: https://www.businessonthemove.org

 
FIATACLECFIATA and CLECAT deeply concerned about current capacity levels
and service uncertainties


Capacity for maritime shipments to Asia has decreased dramatically with repercussions on rates and service. Due to higher demand and capacity managed by carriers, shippers may have to wait for weeks to ship a container. CLECAT and FIATA express their Members' concern about this situation. The European and the Global associations of Freight Forwarders stress the importance of the availably of sufficient capacity to ensure the facilitation of world trade. Carriers must respect ongoing agreements and contracts. FIATA and CLECAT are open to discuss with the ocean carriers these current developments and the difficulties they are facing, but they cannot ignore their members' concerns with the level of service.
 
Sufficient capacity is needed
 
CLECAT and FIATA recognise that demand for shipments from Europe to the Far East has increased. However, the question arises whether the current situation of insufficient capacity can be explained merely by higher demand.
 
"We witness an increase of vessels being taken out of circulation, which in our opinion contradicts the current increase in demand. On some routes shipping lines only accept bookings for sailings as far away as in four weeks' time. Furthermore, it has been extremely difficult for the industry to deal with blank sailings", said Mr Jens Roemer, Chairman of the FIATA WG Sea.
 
FIATA and CLECAT emphasise the importance of ocean carriers in the global supply chains and are aware of the difficulties their industry is facing. However, in order to prevent long-lasting damage to trade CLECAT and FIATA urge carriers to do all that is possible to guarantee sufficient capacity to traders.
 
Ongoing contracts and agreements should be respected
 
A number of carriers announced a Peak Season Recovery Surcharge (PRS) last week on cargo moving from Europe to the Far East. These separate announcements all appeared within a matter of days.
FIATA and CLECAT cannot silently absorb shipping lines now trying to apply the new PRS for shipments booked subject to tariffs and agreements valid at the time of booking. Ongoing contracts and fixed agreements should be respected in order to keep sustainable relationships in the supply chain.
 
Furthermore, CLECAT and FIATA question whether the PRS can justifiably be classified as a surcharge at all. Surcharges by definition relate to sudden changes in variable costs incurred by carriers, such as bunker prices, port congestion and currency fluctuations. FIATA and CLECAT question whether such changes in the variable external costs have actually occurred in this situation.
 
This is unfortunately not the first time that FIATA has to reflect on questions raised by surcharges, the general principle of which was already discussed in a Press Release published in November 2014.

This is mirrored in CLECAT's Press Release published in January 2015, where Nicolette van der Jagt, CLECAT's Director General, said: "Today the issue of surcharges continues to raise questions with many shippers and freight forwarders."

Article50Guide to Article 50 from the Irish Government


It was announced yesterday that Article 50 will be triggered by the UK on Wednesday 29 March 2017. The Irish Government News Service, Merrion Sheet.ie, have made available an Article 50 guide, detailing what will happen in the next few weeks, what is going to be negotiated, who the main bodies are and what their roles will be. This guide can be accessed via the below link:

WPDW.P.D Freight MGMT feature in Exporting Seminar


L to R, Colm Ward, South Dublin Local Enterprise Office,
Andrea Carroll, South Dublin Chamber and Liam Davis, WPD Freight MGMT.

Liam Davis of IIFA Full Trading Member WPD Freight Management was one of the keynote speakers at an exporting seminar in the Red Cow Moran Hotel on Monday 6th March 2017 as part of South Dublin's Local Enterprise Office's Enterprise Week.

Despite considerable concerns in the business community over Brexit and changes in political outlook both home and abroad, exporters have "nothing to be afraid of" when it comes to overseas markets, said Liam.

Liam, based in Rathcoole, has over 40 years of logistics experience in helping companies import and export all over the world.

A recent business survey carried out by South Dublin County Council and the South Dublin Chamber revealed 90 per cent of the respondents were active exporters.

Legal requirements, understanding documents and language barriers were all cited as key challenges facing local businesses, most of which can be attributed to a "simple misunderstanding", according to Liam. Liam said: "My role (at the seminar) was in explaining the relationship between the exporter, the Freight Forwarder and the buyer to achieve best results."

Liam is a big advocate in "keeping it simple", providing onsite consultancy and handling of day-to-day operations for customers across several time zones, to ensure a smooth transition in areas such as documentation and licensing. He continued: "Basically you want to find out what you want to do before you actually do it. It is best for the seller and buyer to talk to each other, work out costs, and talk with your Freight Forwarder before exporting."

Brexit has thrown a lot of uncertainty in the air but Liam feels additional costs and paperwork are "inevitable" and that authorities have to prepare for "Brexit or a hard border." "It is no use waiting for someone else to do something, we need to be proactive and have a plan in place," he said.

Other speakers at the event included, Simon McKeever (CEO of the Irish Exporters Association), Conor McGreevy (Treasury Manager at Bank of Ireland Global Markets), Andrea Carroll (Sustainable Business Programme Manager at South Dublin Chamber), and Colm Ward (Head of LEO South Dublin).

 Latvia
An Overview of Latvian Logistics Sector



Further to IIFA President Tom Thornton's meeting with Gints Apals, Ambassador of Latvia to Ireland last month (see here for more), below is the first of a series of three articles which will be run in IIFA Newsletters detailing information about the Latvian Logistics sector.

Latvia is a country with unique geographical location. The country is located on the eastern coast of the Baltic Sea, in the middle of the Baltic States and forming the European Union's external border with Russia and Belarus. The geographical location makes Latvia a natural bridge. Multimodal transport corridors are passing through the territory of Latvia from East to West and from North to South providing with the possibility to offer perfect logistic solutions among the markets of the European Union, CIS and Asia. Major roads, rail routes, ports and airports are included in the EU Trans - European transport network - TEN-T. Latvian transit corridors are also well recognized in all other main international formats.

The main cargo flows, mainly transit, are moving from East to West through Latvian ports connecting Russia, CIS and Asian countries not only with Western Europe but with the whole world. The transit and logistics sector plays very important role in national economy. 3,5% of national GDP and 1/5 of total export of services are derived from a revenue from transit cargo handling making transit to be one of the top priorities at governmental level. The largest investments in transport infrastructure - in ports, railways and roads - first of all are diverted to the transit directions.

3 big ice-free ports - Riga, Ventspils and Liepaja are the backbone of Latvian transit industry. In 2016 Latvian ports handled more than 63.1 million tons of cargo in total, making Latvia a clear leader in cargo turnover volumes among the 3 Baltic States. In 2016 containerized cargo turnover in ports increased by 8% and reached 377,4 thsd. TEU. Regular ferry traffic connects Latvian ports with Swedish and German ports. Container lines carry containers to many other ports in Baltic Sea and Europe.

Latvia is also unique as regards its railway system, which provides well developed hinterland connections from Latvian ports to Russia and CIS countries. Latvian railways have the 1520 mm rail gauge system common with Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Central Asia, Mongolia and other CIS countries. 1520 rail gauge system makes it possible to provide unified rail freight transportation organization between Latvia, Russia and other CIS countries. Single infrastructure, single rolling stock, unified information exchange system and single documentation is being used in 1520 mm railways. There is no need to spend time at border crossing, to change wheels, to change the documentation, to make customs clearance on the border.Cargo turnover in Latvian railways reached 47,8 million tons in 2016, making Latvia also the leader in cargo turnover volumes transported in railways among the 3 Baltic States. Around half of all cargos in Latvia are being moved by rail.

Latvia has also a well-developed road transport sector, which complies with all necessary international rules and procedures. Modern road transport fleet, bilateral permits and ECMT permits are available for international road carriage of goods, which makes easy transportation within and outside the European Union.

Aviation is one of the most advanced and fastest growing areas in the transport sector of Latvia. During the past 12 years the amount of passengers using Riga International Airport has grown from 1 to 5,4 millions. Riga Airport is the regional aviation hub of the Baltic States, offering up to 70 destinations in winter and up to 90 in the summer. Latvian national airline Air Baltic offers around 60 destinations from Riga Airport. Recently Air Baltic has begun the modernization of its fleet gradually replacing the old aircrafts with the brand-new Bombardier CS 300 which has such significant advantages as optimized engines, advanced aerodynamics, the greatest quietness in its class and maximum comfort. SC 300 is also the greenest commercial aircraft in the skies.

Thank you to Zigmunds Zamockis, Second Secretary,
Embassy of the Republic of Latvia in Ireland for this Guest article.

conversationConversation Piece create telecommunication savings for IIFA Members


Conversation Piece was formed in 1978 as a wholly owned Irish Phone Systems & Data Company. We have become a leading player within the Irish telecommunications industry, providing complete phone system and cloud solutions on a national scale to small, medium and large sized client companies. Offering free bill analysis to all IIFA members.

Contact Dave Cox via mobile on 086-600-8565 or e-mail to dave.cox@conversationpiece.ie
 
"Conversation Piece installed a new state of art Panasonic system, We were able to replace our expensive Fractional Primary Rate ISDN with VoIP lines, keeping all our existing phone numbers and achieving annual savings of circa €10,000 on line rentals and call costs. Conversation Piece carried out the work seamlessly and without causing any disruption to either staff or business."
- Martin Gately
Director at Toga Freight Forwarding and Logistic Services

 automation
Why Automation Alone Won't Kill the Freight Forwarder



IIFA's FIATA colleagues at the British International Freight Association (BIFA) has reacted to current speculation that Amazon and Uber may be about to launch their own global freight brokerage businesses by underlining "the vastly challenging and circuitous landscape" that traditional freight forwarders and brokers operate in on a daily basis.
 
The trade association for UK Freight Forwarders notes that while Amazon is yet to confirm its plans, Uber has already soft-launched Uber Freight, and according to Business Insider UK, the San Francisco based company, has ambitions to cut out freight intermediaries by introducing load matching apps which would provide real-time pricing. Smaller start-ups such as Cargomatic, Convoy and CargoX also have the same idea.
 
As for Amazon, it recently unveiled plans to build a worldwide services hub in the America mid-west, and has also acquired thousands of its own trucks, which some say sends a firm signal of its ambition to take on brokers and forwarders.
 
But BIFA Director General, Robert Keen, believes that BIFA members have nothing to fear. Keen, who has led the trade association for nearly three years, outlines three reasons why BIFA's members will remain largely unaffected:
 
Resilience
 
"I have been working in the industry for over 40 years and have watched the naysayers and doom mongers in the media, and the wider industry, predict the demise of forwarders and brokers, only for them to have been proven wrong. In fact, the opposite is true. We have more Forwarders now than ever before."
 
Complexity
 
"Freight industry supply chains are highly complex and multi-layered. I find it hard to believe that there is an algorithm out there which can successfully absorb, understand and counter all the challenges that our members face on a daily basis. How, for example, does an app react to freak weather and negotiate customs issues?
 
Trust and Confidence
 
"Freight Forwarders are often described as the 'architects of the supply chain' and for good reason too. They understand the intricacies of the mosaic-like Supply Chain frameworks that exist, and most importantly, many of our members, over several decades, have acquired knowledge, experience and agility that the tech-startups will find almost impossible to match. How will they cope, for instance, when a truck carrying expensive and time-sensitive cargo breaks down? Who will arrange for a replacement truck?  And who will guarantee the load? Many of these questions cannot be suitably solved by an app alone."

 iltawards20172017 Irish Logistics & Transport Awards


The Irish Logistic and Transport Awards will be returning once again on the 30th of March 2017, to the Clayton Hotel, Burlington Road in Dublin.

Excitement has been building since the shortlist was announced, and the countdown is on to find out who will be taking home the top prizes this year.

The aim of the awards is to recognise and accolade excellence from all areas of the industry, with trophies being awarded for everything from 'Excellence in Warehousing', to 'Future Achiever' and 'Best Freight Forwarding Company'. The short list for the 2017 Awards can viewed here.

The gala event will be attended by hundreds of leading industry figures, and the MC on the night is the hilarious Colm O'Regan, so we are truly in for a great night.

The Organizers of the awards are delighted to offer a special discount to IIFA members who wish to attend the awards this year, and will be sending you out a discount code to use over the coming days, so keep an eye out.

We hope to see you all on the 30th of March, for what is bound to be a truly remarkable event.

Exciting News from a IIFA Member


Does your company have a news story which you would like us to share with the IIFA Membership? If so please then send a press release through to

info@iifa.ie 

and we will include same in a future IIFA Newsletter. 

 Cork
Port of Cork's Deepwater Capabilities Come to the Fore


Overseas Heavy Transport Ship 'Albatross' moves to Port of Cork's Ringaskiddy Deepwater Berth for Ballasting Operations
 
Three new, ship-to-shore container cranes manufactured in Ireland by Liebherr and assembled in Cork Harbour are scheduled for delivery to Crowley Puerto Rico Services' Isla Grande Terminal in San Juan later this month.
 
The cranes which are currently on board the Overseas Heavy Transport (OHT) vessel 'Albatross', transferred from Cork Dockyard to the Port of Cork's Deepwater berth in Ringaskiddy to take on ballast before departure to San Juan. Each crane has a capacity of 65 tons and measure approximately 65 meters tall, with an outreach of 40 meters.
 
 
Ringaskiddy Deepwater Berth is capable of handling vessels of this size and providing a fast and efficient turnaround of such vessels. Before the 'Albatross' departs, it will share the berth with the weekly Maersk container service from Central America, bringing the overall length of both vessels alongside to 414 metres.
 
Speaking about the Port of Cork's capabilities as a "Tier 1 port of national significance" and a naturally deep water port, Commercial Manager Captain Michael McCarthy said: The Port of Cork is delighted to partner with Liebherr Cranes in selecting our Ringaskiddy Deepwater port to export their cranes to World markets. We have had an excellent relationship with Liebherr since the early 1990's when we commissioned two cranes for our facility in Ringaskiddy. Since then we have grown our relationship with the company and all our port cranes are manufactured by Liebherr.'
 
He continued: 'It is great to see Liebherr recognising our exporting capability as a deep water port.'

While in Ringaskiddy the OHT vessel, which was originally designed as an oil tanker and converted to a crane carrier, will take on large volume of water ballast in the lower ballast tanks to counteract the weight of the cranes on deck. Each crane weighs approx. 900 tons; however the weight is evenly distributed on the main deck of the vessel. The cranes are then secured firmly (welded) to the deck of the vessel and as such they form a single composite unit.
 
According to John Hourihan Jr., Crowley's senior vice president and general manager, Puerto Rico Services, the electric-powered cranes will be used to load and discharge containerized cargo being carried aboard Crowley's two new liquefied natural gas (LNG)-powered, Commitment Class Con-Ro ships.
 
He said: "With these state-of-the-art cranes now erected, we are taking another step toward the transformation of our terminal into the most modern and efficient port facility on the island of Puerto Rico. We eagerly await their arrival here."

 Ace
Ace Express Freight are 'Best Managed Company' Nine Years in a Row

Declan Byrne Operations Director, Philip Tracey Managing Director, Michael Tracey General Manager, Debbie Godkin Head of Change Management and Mark Tracey Commercial Director at 
Ace Express Freight.

On Friday 3rd March, over 900 of Ireland's key business people descended upon the Dublin Convention Centre for the annual Deloitte Best Managed Companies Symposium and Gala Awards.

The prestigious awards programme recognises indigenous Irish companies across the island of Ireland, which are operating at the highest levels of business performance.

Among the awardee companies, North County Dublin based IIFA Full Trading Member, Ace Express Freight were delighted to scoop the 'Best Managed Company' accolade for a record ninth consecutive year. Established in 1989 by Managing Director Philip Tracey, this indigenous Irish family-owned business, boasts considerable progression over a 28 year period, growing from a small operation offering overnight services to the UK, to a global freight forwarding company with world-class partners offering air freight, ocean freight, national, UK and European road freight services, logistic and warehousing solutions and value-added services including customs clearance and bonded warehousing to clients.

Speaking on Ace Express Freight's recent award win, Philip Tracey, Managing Director commented: "We are delighted to be the only freight company on the Island of Ireland to be awarded the coveted 'Best Managed Company' status for the ninth consecutive year. This is a real testament to the strength of both our team and our key business strategies, as this is the only national awards scheme that considers a business' performance from every perspective, through an extensive independent evaluation process that focuses on the calibre of our management abilities and practices.

As a proud indigenous Irish company operating for 28 years, having such acclaimed awards under our belt is a credit to our entire workforce. Our employees are the lifeblood of our organisation and having both a cohesive company culture and customer-centric focus is essential when delivering on key business plans, overcoming external pressures, expanding into new markets and enhancing our competitiveness in the industry."

The Deloitte Best Managed Companies Programme, now in its ninth year, is a symbol of business excellence across the island of Ireland. This year 'Best Managed' status was awarded to 127 companies, who employ over 60,000 staff, with a combined turnover exceeding €11 billion and boasting an increase in sales of 44% over the past three years.

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 20/03/2017 
according to the
International Monetary Fund
was 1 SDR = 1.262730 Euro
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"When everything seems to be going against you, remeber that
the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it."
- Henry Ford

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