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Irish firm offers Germany a Brexit bypass

[ October 21, 2019   //   ]

Dublin-based Toga Freight Services has signed a deal with Germany’s Loxx Logistics GmbH. Headquartered in Gelsenkirchen, near Essen in the heart of the Rhine-Ruhr industrial belt,  Loxx – established in 1977, has almost 600 staff across Germany and Europe including over 370 at the Gelsenkirchen logistics hub. There are also group owned depots across Germany, Poland and Russia, as well as 250 partner companies in Germany and over 80 across Europe.

However, despite having daily connections to over 80 European towns and cities, its one missing link was Ireland – so Toga Freight has stepped in to complete the network.

The Irish firm’s groupage collections from across Germany, Eastern Europe, Russia and other areas will be collected by the Loxx partner network and trunked to Gelsenkirchen daily. From there, cargo will be consolidated with all other Ireland-bound goods from the wider Loxx Group and partner network and shipped directly to the Toga Distribution Centre in Dublin, avoiding the UK. Goods will then distributed in Ireland via Toga’s own Irish delivery partner network which comprises 15 satellite depots and over 300 trucks and vans.

Toga commercial director, Robert Dickinson, said: “The turbulence around Brexit has encouraged large logistics providers such as Loxx to develop new supply chains that avoid transiting the UK, so they came to Dublin looking for an established company to manage their distribution requirements in Ireland. At the same time, we were looking to strengthen our European connections to offer better services to our 200 or so Irish based customers. So, the working agreement has completely satisfied the requirements of both companies and we are absolutely thrilled to be working with Loxx Logistics.”

Toga Group founder and managing director Martin Gately, added: “The chaos surrounding Brexit has opened the door for us to explore numerous opportunities both inside and outside the UK. We have spent a lot of time recently advising our UK clients regarding Brexit and the future for UK to EU trade, but we have also been approached by numerous companies from Europe who are trying to avoid the UK in their supply chains. Whilst Brexit is causing huge uncertainty and concern to many companies, we are proud to have provided logistics solutions to some and operational guidance to many others.”

(The next printed issue of FBJ – FBJ 7 2019 – will include a comprehensive Ireland report.)