Export & Freight Feb-Mar 2019

With Brexit continuing to dominate the headlines, there are other issues that have fallen beneath the radar; one such is brought to our attention by the Road Haulage Association’s Martin Reid in his regular column for Export & Freight: the EU Commission’s Mobility Package.

This essentially is a collection of three initiatives on the governance of commercial road transport that represents major changes to EU road transport rules; it will have a big impact on many operators. Martin’s piece makes interesting and informative reading.

On the Brexit front, it was good to see the Prime Minister make an effort to engage with local business leaders in Northern Ireland; fighting the corner for the transport industry at a meeting with the PM was the Freight Transport Association’s Seamus Leheny. He was able to put across some blunt facts, and his direct message was: A No Deal would be hugely damaging to the NI economy.

That aside, the transport & logistics sectors here are, for now, weathering the storms, and consequently there is a lot of good and positive news around, much of which we report in this issue. For example, it’s great to see that

Transport Training Services has more than exceeded its targets in recruiting and job-matching 120 young apprentices over the past 12 months, a threefold increase since 2015. The future of our industry depends greatly on the young.

In this issue, we also carry our annual guide to shipping; this exclusive and comprehensive listing of every freight and passenger ferry operator, shipping line and shipping agency in Ireland has proved to be an invaluable reference point for the industry down through the years.

Still with shipping, and we report on how Warrenpoint Port continues to build on its record-breaking performances of the recent past, with another outstanding year which has seen significant increases in tonnage and turnover as it embarks on implementing its 25-year Masterplan.

 

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