IEC News

Happy Christmas & A Prosperous New Year

Dear Customer

At the beginning of 2022 it looked like we had the possibility of a “normal” year ahead of us. When war broke out in February on the continent of Europe, for the first time in 80 years, it created another crisis that we neither wanted nor needed, particularly for the innocent people of Ukraine. This in itself created a whole new scenario of problems. Through the hard work of our staff, customers, partners, and shareholders, in excess of €25,000 was raised for transporting much needed goods to Poland in an effort to help the stricken peoples of Ukraine. I would like to pay particular thanks to all who donated, including those who gave their time to sort, load, and despatch these items.  

Closer to home, it has been a strange time in that it is difficult to measure where business sits and what normal trading volumes are. Thankfully, despite an overall downturn in the market, we believe that the year will end on a par with 2021. 

In terms of 2023, we are moving to the company’s new 30,000 sq ft facility in Little Island in Cork, which will help underpin the already excellent service IFG provides to its customers in Cork. 

As in previous years, we have decided that in lieu of sending cards and gifts, we will put the funds to better use to support the many families and individuals in Ireland, who for whatever reason, have fallen into difficult times and are in need of our support. On your behalf we have made donations to each of the following who provide extraordinary services both locally and nationally :  St Vincent de Paul, Alone, Cork Penny Dinners, and Capuchin Day Centre.

On behalf all of us in Independent Freight Group, we wish you all a very happy Christmas, a prosperous New Year, that you stay safe in travels and health, and that you enjoy your Christmas break.

Kind regards,

Eamon Sullivan
Group Chief Executive

IEC News

Irish businesses on Brexit preparation in The Irish Times

TPN Chairman, Owen Cooke, was interviewed recently by Simon Carswell for The Irish Times about Brexit preparation. Those interviewed for the piece include the Irish Exporters Association, the Irish International Freight Association, and ISME (Irish Small & Medium Enterprises Association). All have expressed alarm at the lack of appropriate warehousing capacity available with a no-deal Brexit seeming more and more likely by the day.

“There is a very, very little capacity anywhere in the supply chain and October is the peak in general terms in all sectors so if there was a crash-out then, all hell would break loose.”

IEC News

New Tractor Unit For Independent Express

The new Renault’s inaugural visit to the TPN Hub in Dublin
Harry Nash, MD of Renault Trucks Ireland, delivering the new unit to IEC Chairman, Owen Cooke.

Renault Trucks Ireland delivered a new tractor unit to Independent Express last month as the first part of a fleet upgrade. Independent are investing €500k this year in new vehicles for the fleet.

The investment shows our commitment to growing and improving the business despite what could be a challenging year for Irish transport. Depending on how Brexit develops, there may be significant disruption for our customers’ regular routes and supply lines.