Irish Exporters Association launches critical Supply Chain Series for 2018

24 regional and digital events in partnership with Rhenus Logistics, Ulster Bank and Iarnród Eireann Irish Rail

Dublin, 12 February 2018: The Irish Exporters Association (IEA) in association with Rhenus Logistics, Ulster Bank and Iarnród Éireann Irish Rail, [and media partner Fleet Transport], this morning announced its programme of events for the 2018 IEA Supply Chain Series. The initiative, in its second year, will focus on import and export challenges for manufacturers and service providers; offer solutions and practical support from logistics, trade finance experts and exporting companies; provide information around third country shipping and associated documentation as well as maximising opportunities with our air, road, sea and rail services.

Maintaining Ireland’s position as a leading location to conduct supply chain and logistics activities is a key deliverable of this initiative. For full list of IEA Supply Chain Series events scheduled for 2018 see below.

The IEA Supply Chain Series 2018 will consist of:

  • 4 IEA Supply Chain Seminars: 4 large seminars will take place in Dublin, Cork, Limerick and Dundalk with case studies from local exporters, experts in industry standards, regulatory and compliance, as well as best practice advice across the supply chain by experts. Each seminar will incorporate critical breakout sessions on trade issues.
  • 4 IEA Exporters Roundtables: Chaired by Patrick Daly, this is an invitation only meeting for manufacturers to address on some of the larger issues coming out of the seminars and webinars, as well as discussing local issues. They will include but are not limited to, finance, logistics, transport, energy, and sectors food & drink, life sciences, ICT, energy and engineering – all of which will be discussed in the context of the Supply Chain and used to feed into IEA Policy, training, consultancy services and member representation.
  • 4 IEA Multimodal Working Groups (formerly known as IEA Railfreight Group): Chaired by Howard Knott, these meetings will provide a platform to discuss the importance of multimodal partnering in the supply chain and associated opportunities and challenges.
  • 12 Supply Chain Webinars: These interactive online seminars will look at specific supply chain topics and include guest speakers on: AEO, Trade Finance, Revenue Recognition, Invoice Discounting, Cashflow/Working Capital, Customs Awareness, Union’s Customs Code, Revenue, GDPR, Procurement, Digital Supply Chain & Ireland as a location, Supply Chain Strategy feeding into Business Strategy, Sustainability, Global Supply Chains, Warehousing and Brexit updates.

Simon McKeever, Chief Executive, Irish Exporters Association commented: “Every business, whether an exporter or service provider, an SME or corporate, will have a supply chain. The aim of this initiative is to provide a platform for companies to connect, learn how to manage and protect their business from risks around currency fluctuations, cashflow and working capital management, getting product from the point of origin to the customer, maximising sustainability and ensuring compliance. The IEA is delighted to be working with sponsors Rhenus Logistics, Ulster Bank, Iarnród Éireann Irish Rail, and media partner Fleet Transport again. This is the second year we are collaborating to offer our members and stakeholders up-to-date, informative and specific information through our relationships with Government and State Agencies. Connecting members locally and providing a platform for discussing local issues will also be strongly focused on and feed into IEA policy, training courses, consultancy and member representation.”

Eddie Cullen, Managing Director, Commercial Banking Division, Ulster Bank said: “We know from talking to our customers that managing their supply chain is an important part of growing their business, especially for those that cross borders and time zones. We’re delighted to provide support through managing foreign exchange risk, supplier payment methods or advice on expanding to capitalise on market developments. Ulster Bank has a strong partnership with the Irish Exporters Association and we look forward to meeting businesses throughout the year and hearing more about how we can help them fulfil their ambitions.”

Glenn Carr, General Manager Freight Rail/Road & Rosslare Europort Iarnród Éireann commented: “The Irish Exporters Association Supply Chain programme offers the opportunity for us to showcase our Rail Freight, Navigator Road Agency and Rosslare Europort businesses. We are delighted to be again a partner of Supply Chain Ireland in sponsoring the exciting and informative range of events and seminars organised for 2018.”

Declan Sinnott, Managing Director, Rhenus Logistics Ireland stated: “The Irish Exporters Association Supply Chain programme of events provides a real platform to share and exchange supply chain innovations and developments across a number of industries. Rhenus Logistics is proud to sponsor the Irish Exporters Association and its partners again this year.”

Jarlath Sweeney, Group Editor/Director, Fleet Transport said: “After a successful past year of being involved with the Irish Exporters Association Supply Chain events, Fleet Publications, through its titles Fleet Transport & Handling Network is looking forward to another busy series to be held around the country during 2018. Again, we will feature previews and reports on the topics presented, addressed and discussed in our magazine titles, websites and through its social media platforms. More details can be found on and”