Ireland budget fails to impress

The budget announced by Minister for Finance Michael McGrath on 10 October  offers very little for the freight distribution and logistics sector, says FTA Ireland (FTAI).  Chief executive Aidan Flynn, said: “In Ireland a large percentage of fuel price is made up of taxes and excise duty. To alleviate some the financial pressures, the heavy goods vehicle (HGV) and public service vehicle (PSV) sectors currently participate in a Diesel Rebate Scheme ... [+]

Rail targets must be realistic, says Ireland freight group

FTAI chief executive Aidan Flynn urged a pragmatic response from government to the publication of the All-Island Rail Review, published on 26 July, to ensure successful delivery of the report’s findings.  He said:  “Rail freight currently represents less than 1% of all goods moved on the island of Ireland, which lags ... [+]

FTA Ireland calls for dynamic and achievable road transport strategy

The Freight Transport Association of Ireland (FTAI) has welcomed publication of a public consultation summary report for Ireland’s 10-Year Road Haulage Strategy but pressed the Irish government to create a final plan in partnership with industry that would dynamic and ambitious, yet achievable. FTAI chief executive Aidan Flynn, commented: “The publication ... [+]

Safety, skills and carbon are crucial for supply chains, says FTA Ireland

Improving road safety, overcoming the skills shortage, and decarbonising operations are all vital to protect the nation’s supply chains and to future-proof Ireland’s logistics industry, said FTA Ireland (FTAI in its response to the Irish government’s consultation, Ten-year Strategy for the Haulage Sector First Consultation Document. General manager Aidan Flynn, commented: ... [+]

Irish industry needs support, says FTAI

FTA Ireland (FTAI) has called on the Irish government to provide additional financial support to logistics businesses during the Covid-19 outbreak, citing an Impact Survey which showed that 71% of logistics businesses have seen a drop in revenue since the start of the pandemic. FTAI general manager Aidan Flynn, said: “FTAI’s ... [+]

FTAI seminar: Ireland goes green

FTA Ireland (FTAI)’s annual Transport Manager Seminar will give guidance on sustainable transport following the launch of the European Commission’s Green Deal that aims to transform Europe into a climate-neutral economy by 2050. This year’s ond-day event will be on 25 March 2020 at the Johnstown House Hotel Spa in ... [+]

Irish logistics costs soar

Logistics businesses have seen their overhead expenses rise by 6.5% over the past 12 months, according to a report released on 29 August, the Manager’s Guide to Distribution Costs 2019, produced by the Freight Transport Association Ireland in partnership with KPMG, BWG Group, ENPROVA and Analytiqa. FTAI general manager Aiden Flynn commented: “With the ... [+]

Common Transit Convention will help speed UK exports, say FTA and FTAI

The Freight Transport Association (FTA) and FTA Ireland have welcome the EU’s invitation to the UK to join its Common Transit Convention (CTC) in its own right, something the associations have been pressing for some time. In the event of no deal, traders would use CTC to temporarily suspend payment ... [+]

Brexit breathing space would be welcome, says Irish freight industry

FTA Ireland said it would welcome an extended Brexit transition period, following suggestions by UK Prime Minister Theresa May yesterday during negotiations with Brussels. The Trade Association suggested that it should last at least one year, to allow the logistics sector to prepare for the future trading environment. FTAI general manager Aidan ... [+]

Ireland’s logistics apprenticeship is ready to roll

Ireland’s new Logistics Associate Apprenticeship programme is ready to start on 26 September, in line with its target date, says the Irish International Freight Association. The Level 6 Higher Certificate in Logistics is the first non-craft apprenticeship to be offered by  Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) and the first of the ... [+]

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