Issue 8 2020

May20042 Best Independent Freight Forwarder 2020 - Republic of Ireland Irish Shipping & Transport Ltd offers both domestic and international customers a complete end-to-end logistics package by providing innovative, efficient, and cost-effective solutions that are tailored to specific customer requirements. Each package is supported by a dedicated team, and the clientele is one of the most internationally diverse, including blue-chip companies, to the man on the street who is moving personal effects. No matter the customer, or the size of their shipment, each and every one is treated with the same levels of dedication, care, and urgency when it comes to protecting their shipment and delivering it in a way that is wholly safe and secure. Having been working in the industry for more than three decades, Irish Shipping & Transport Ltd has seen many trends come and go. It has seen what has worked, and what hasn’t. Throughout this time, the firm has been able to identify what practices and processes work best for itself, and for its customers. As such, Irish Shipping & Transport Ltd now prides itself on developing solutions that create strategic value and a competitive edge for its global customer base. The business is quite diverse in its skillset, including warehousing and distribution, liner agents, transport operators, forwarding agents, customs clearance and compliance, global forwarding, global container cross trade, contract logistics, projects, value-added solutions, and insurance. Warehousing and distribution is quite a large aspect of the business for Irish Shipping & Transport Ltd, and its ideally located 50,000 sq. ft logistics centre is just minutes away from the M1 motorway, Dublin Port Tunnel, and Dublin Airport. As a multi-bay, racked, and bonded facility, this 50,000 sq. ft space can comfortably accommodate general palletised cargo with pick-n-pack solutions with nationwide delivery available. All of the staff are trained in the latest techniques and equipment, with round-the-clock on site security for the customer’s total peace of mind. Offering long and short-term storage, EDI integration, nationwide coverage to all thirty two counties of Ireland, and tailored solutions within a strategically located facility, Irish Shipping & Transport Ltd is the perfect choice for anyone needing warehousing and distribution services. However, for those goods that need to go through the import clearance process, Irish Shipping & Transport Ltd also have a state-of-the-art customs bonded warehouse that allows for storage of those goods. Equally close to the M50, M1, Dublin Port and Airport, this customs bonded warehouse allows for the swift examination and release of goods, with dedicated bond officers and customs officers who come by daily to complete those exams. Irish Shipping & Transport Ltd do more than just storage however, with cross-docking solutions, overland trucking, sea freighting, and airfreighting just as important services. Overland trucking can be a great way of transporting goods in a safe and secure manner, particularly in the hands of some of the best drivers that Irish Shipping & Transport Ltd has to offer. With regular departures to major countries across Europe including the United Kingdom, Germany, Holland, Belgium, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Russia, Hungary, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Poland, Romania, Croatia, Turkey, and the Baltic States, there is a multitude of options for customers looking to overland trucking as a solution to their needs. Transit times may vary, and the weekly departure dates make for small windows, but the directness and the swiftness of these services make Irish Shipping & Transport Ltd second to none. As well as travelling by land, the firm also has a very large portfolio of ocean carriers offering competitive rates, sailing flexibility, and reduced transit times when compared to overland trucking. Should clients require something shipping to the United States or Canada, Irish Shipping & Transport Ltd has weekly departures for 20ft and 40ft containers to both countries, as well as weekly consolidation services from all points in the US for LCL cargo with a twelve day transit from Dublin to New York. Perhaps instead customers require shipping to Australia, New Zealand, Japan, China, Taiwan, Hong Jong, South Africa, the Middle East, Far East, or the Indian Subcontinent. Irish Shipping & Transport Ltd can handle that too. Even airfreighting is something that Irish Shipping & Transport Ltd can offer to its customers. Having developed significant relationships with airlines all over the globe in order to provide the best solutions for customers, the firm ensures airfreight and courier services worldwide with competitive rates and first-class service. Enabling customers to tap into a network that spans more than 250 countries and territories, and over 120,000 destinations, Irish Shipping & Transport Ltd is the first choice for anyone looking to move goods quickly and efficiently. Whether it is documents, parcels, or crates, the firm can service requirements ranging from same-day, time-definite, or day-definite delivery with express services to businesses and private customers. Since beginning its trading just over thirty years ago, Irish Shipping & Transport Ltd has grown to become a leading international transport and logistics company based in Dublin, Ireland. With the company’s roots dating back to the old Irish semi state shipping company, we find out how it has now become one of the best independent freight forwarders in Ireland this year.