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EFL ensures smooth transition for Byrne clients

[ January 29, 2020   //   ]

Dublin-based freight forwarder EFL International has taken on the customers and businesses of one of the city’s last independent operators, Byrne Airfreight.

Ex-Aer Lingus employee Eddie Byrne, who founded Byrne Airfreight in the early 1980s, retired in December 2019 but it was anxious to find his staff and customers a worthy new home.

The answer was EFL International, based just a few kilometres away south of Byrne Airfreight’s location to the north of the city airport.

Chris Radley (pictured), director of  EFL International based just a few kilometres away said: “With the long relationship between our two companies over many years, Eddie decided to direct all his customers and overseas agents to EFL to ensure continuity for the business, staff and, above all, customers. And, I am pleased to report, just about every customer has decided to come over to EFL.”

Byrne employees June Shaw (pictured) took up her employment with EFL at the start of January and Darren Greene will follow shortly. The new recruits will help to further strengthen EFL’s already substantial airfreight activity and, crucially, will also add customs expertise in the run-up to the UK’s Brexit at the end of the year.

EFL International offers a complete range of sea freight, overland trailer and airfreight services to the Irish market, as well as operations in a couple of niche areas. These include Pets on Board, a pet and animal transportation service; with staff that include a fully qualified veterinary nurse and others trained to IATA Live Animal Regulations standards.

It also has a motorbike transportation service – Bike on Board – whereby EFL moves bikers’ machines in specialised cradles by freight transport from Ireland to locations in Europe – or further  afield- while their owners travel out comfortably by air to rejoin their machines and tour around the continent.