The middle of July already! Where has this year gone? It’s been challenging so far for some, but at least the weather has been kind, so make the best of your well earned summer break, as we will be doing here at Export & Freight ahead of a busy Autumn schedule.
That will include our annual Export & Freight Transport & Logistics Awards in September, and with the final deadline for entries almost upon us we need to hear from you without delay if you want to be part of what is THE transport event of the year; you’ll get all the details you need in this issue.
To other matters now: there is no escaping Brexit, is there? Or the continuing lack of political progress in Northern Ireland. But it’s not all gloom. “Whilst our political process may be gripped by paralysis, the rest of Northern Ireland is not,” insists NI Chamber President Ellvena Graham. “We are very much open for business.” How right she is. Hauliers
are still investing in their fleets, service agents and suppliers are investing and expanding, too, as are all our leading ports and ferry operators.
Also in this issue, we hear from the Road Haulage Association who say there is an urgent need for better rest facilities for our hard working truck drivers, and no one can argue with that, and we report on the Freight Transport Association’s renewed call at a recent Stormont meeting for an Irish border solution which protects frictionless trading arrangements post-Brexit.
On the shipping front, we have our annual Port Review which includes an indepth interview with the Chief Executive Officer at Warrenpoint Harbour, Clare Guinness, who speaks about how the port is entering a new and ambitious era, and we hear, too, of investment plans at the Port of Larne.
We also take a look back in words and pictures at our recent Export & Freight Masters Golf Day at the Lough Erne Resort in Fermanagh where a really good time was had by all.
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