Export & Freight Apr-May 22

Our hauliers certainly know when and how to pull out the stops when a crisis arises, with many of our leading companies putting their own challenges to one side to help the people of war-torn Ukraine. They’ve been using their own resources to send truck loads of much needed essential supplies, with drivers volunteering to travel thousands of miles to do so.

One could be forgiven to think that after two years of Covid-19 restrictions, Brexit woes and issues over the Northern Ireland Protocol weighing heavy on the transport sector, they have had enough on their plate to contend with, but no! It was heartening to see one recent convoy of 25 trucks carrying 500 tonnes of aid leaving Dublin Port for the long journey to the border of Ukraine. A journey that has since been replicated by other transport companies many times over and it is continuing.

It is also welcome news that the profession will have the opportunity to come together for a gala dinner in May being hosted by the NI Region of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport; after two years of social distancing it should be quite a night at Titanic Belfast.

Also upcoming is the return of the Commercial Vehicle Show at the NEC in Birmingham. While many of the big names may be missing, the show has attracted hundreds of exhibitors representing a broad spectrum of vehicle manufacturers, trailers and equipment suppliers bringing the latest products, services and technology solutions to the industry.

Before we sign off, we want to say congratulations to Shelly Taylor who has over the last 25 years become a friend of the transport industry in producing a wide range of workwear and promotional clothing for many of our leading companies; we have a comprehensive report on her Taylored Workwear business in this issue. Other local companies in the news include Mulgrew Haulage, McCulla Ireland, SDC Trailers, MAW Engineering and Diamond Trucks.

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