• Supply Chain Ireland hosts inaugural regional event at Shannon Airport

    May 27th, 2015 – Shannon – The Irish Exporters Association (IEA), the voice of the export industry in Ireland, this afternoon built on the recent national launch of Supply Chain Ireland (SCI) and completed the first in a series of regional events. The forum provided a network for exporters across all sectors to interact and exchange information on best practice through supply chain and logistics activities at Shannon Airport.

    Simon McKeever, Chief Executive of the IEA commented:We are delighted to position the organisation at the forefront of the transport and logistics sectors and to facilitate the collaboration between private industry and the public sector. By hosting a significant cluster of firms, both large and small, across all sectors including food and drink, IT, and medical devices, SCI will provide a platform for businesses to learn from one another and from leading experts in the field.”

    Howard Knott, Trade Facilitation Director at the IEA spoke about untangling the Supply Chain and understanding its role in Competitive Exporting. “There is not just one right way to ship your goods, for every transaction there is a range of options. It is critical that each exporter understands the range of freight options available so the mode or combination of modes used enables delivery to every customer on time, in the condition it left and at a reasonable cost”. 

    He added: “The IEA has been involved in a number of EU backed logistics projects, in particular, the Weastflows project in partnership with the MWRA, now Limerick City and County Council, which included the undertaking of an airfreight study and the development of a Sustainable Freight Gateway which to this day is being driven by LCCC, Limerick and Shannon Chambers of Commerce and other local individuals and interest groups.”

    Niall Stobie, Head of Membership Services at the IEA commented: “The Mid-West plays an important role in developing Ireland’s export success. It boasts Ireland’s largest Deep Water Port at Foynes and the rapidly growing intercontinental cargo hub at Shannon Airport. In addition, the continuous improvement in the region’s road and rail links make the region more competitive.”

    Patrick Edmond, Managing Director of the international Aviation Services Centre and Shannon Group Strategy Director commented: “Cargo throughput at Shannon airport has steadily increased since the establishment of the independent company managing the airport and the company’s other assets. We welcome the recent Aer Lingus decision to increase capacity on the Shannon – Heathrow service by some 20% over the winter months as well as the opening by Turkish airlines of a dedicated cargo service linking Shannon and Chicago.”

    Speaking about the Aviation Security Supply Chain, the Irish Aviation Authority’s Sinead Quirke said: “Most of the IAA’s work is centred on regulatory oversight, providing air traffic control and other related services.  Air cargo security is also a major part of the authority’s activity as its main objective is to protect civil aviation against acts of unlawful interference. Speaking of the exporter’s responsibility Sinead said: “Responsibility, accountability, effective training and adopting a security culture is advised. Proper and appropriate tamper proof packaging is essential too.”

    Joe Cleary and Caroline Kennedy of the Nenagh based Revenue Commissioners Customs Division, in their presentations sought to highlight the significant changes in Customs controls, the Electronic Manifest System (EMS) and the European Customs Code and how they will operate as they are introduced over the coming months. All international freight movement is now covered by EMS and, from July 1st. the Customs Authorities will not be able to release cargo that is not properly manifested.  Joe Cleary said: “With the introduction of the new Union Customs Code, all traders, and particularly those that are further processing imported materials will face changes in relation to customs procedures and processes and that Revenue is seeking to engage with companies so as to ensure the smoothest possible implementation of the changes.”

    SCI launched on the 31st March 2015 and has the backing of the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, Iarnrod Eireann and Crowe Horwath.SCI. The initiative aims to support exporters from SME’s to multinational companies with multimodal supply chain, logistics and customs issues and to overcome the challenges that arise when exporting. The initiative strives to strengthen Ireland’s position as a leading location for conducting global supply chain activities. Upcoming events for Supply Chain Ireland will be available at www.irishexporters.ie. Dates for your diary:

    • South East Roundtable – September
    • Cork Seminar – September
    • Claremorris Roundtable – October
    • Galway Seminar – November


    For more information or to arrange an interview contact:

    Vicki Caplin, Head of Marketing, Irish Exporters Association
    T: 01 6424174 / M: 087 9871137
    E: vickicaplin@irishexporters.ie

    About the Irish Exporters Association:
    The Irish Exporters Association (IEA) is the ‘Voice of the Export Industry’ in Ireland. We represent the whole spectrum of companies within the export industry including SME’s who are beginning to think about exporting for the first time right through to global multinational companies who are already extensively exporting from Ireland. The IEA is the connecting force for Irish exporters, providing practical knowledge and support across the Island of Ireland and in foreign markets.