Independent Express Cargo Ltd was founded in 1984 by Owen Cooke, originally based in Santry near Dublin Airport.
Express UK to Ireland services, general freight forwarding and customs clearance were the base activities which later broadened out to our nationwide delivery service, project management and full storage and logistics services.
In 1993 the company was one of the first freight companies in Ireland to achieve ISO 9002 accreditation.
In 1999 we moved to expanded facilities in Northwest Business Park in Blanchardstown. These facilities have since had two further phases of expansion, and now total 175,000 sq ft buildings on two adjoining sites of 8 acres.
The Business Today
While freight forwarding, general logistics and European road freight continued to develop, national distribution of palletised cargo became a priority for the company through its association with pallet networks in the UK. This inevitably led to the company setting up The Pallet Network (TPN) in Ireland. Following a €15m investment in hub facilities and a further €2m in development, TPN is now the dominant player in the pallet delivery market in Ireland.
IEC now enjoys the services of an Irish network of 23 depots and 88 UK depots, all tightly controlled and monitored to ensure the best delivery service in the market.
TPN is the only network in the UK or Ireland with ISO 9001 accreditation for all depots. KPIs are controlled by a full time internal auditor, with penalties for failures and awards for excellence.
Industry leading technology offering full track & trace and imaged PODs direct to customers’ computers is what sets IEC and TPN apart from all others.
“Friendly and Reliable Service’ is our motto”, says MD Seamus McGowan, “and we live by that maxim.”