Brexit and the Supply Chain – IEA Supply Chain Series event to address exporter industry’s key concerns

Series run in partnership with Rhenus Logistics, Iarnród Eireann – Irish Rail and Fleet Transport Magazine

Dublin, 12 March 2019: The Irish Exporters Association (IEA), in association with Rhenus Logistics Ireland, Iarnród Éireann – Irish Rail and Fleet Transport Magazine this morning ran the first seminar of its 2019 Supply Chain Series. Focussing on “Brexit and the Supply Chain”, the event brought together key stakeholders from Government, State Agencies and the exporting sector, to address the industry’s continued key concerns. Held at the Alex Hotel in Dublin, the seminar attracted over 70 industry professionals from the manufacturing, services and logistics sectors. The 2019 Series focuses on practical and operational challenges for importers and exporters, addressing issues around customs, skills and training, transport, digitalisation, R&D and competitiveness.

With keynotes by Senator Neale Richmond, Seanad Spokesperson on European Affairs; Fergal O’Byrne, Head of Brexit Unit, NSAI; and Jane Dempsey, Assistant Principle, Brexit Unit at the Department of Agriculture, seminar participants were briefed on the state of play on Brexit as well as the regulatory changes and challenges for Irish importers and exporters once the UK leaves the European Union.

An expert industry panel featuring high-level speakers from Rhenus Logistics Ireland, GS1 Ireland, Dawn Farms and Technopath Clinical Diagnostics addressing the hand-on supply chain and business challenges for Irish exporters in trading with the UK post-Brexit.

Commenting during the event, Simon McKeever, Chief Executive of the Irish Exporters Association, said: “Brexit, whichever form it will take, is bound to challenge all parts of the Irish exporting industry, whether a manufacturing or services exporter, supply chain service provider or logistics company. With only 18 days until the UK is scheduled to leave the EU and a series of crucial votes in the House of Commons taking place this week, today’s Brexit-focussed seminar aims to bring together key Government and State Agency stakeholders with industry experts to discuss their Brexit preparedness and address their continued concerns.”

Declan Sinnott, Managing Director, Rhenus Logistics Ireland stated: “Rhenus Logistics is both proud and excited to continue our sponsorship the IEA Supply Chain Series for a third year. Over the past two years the series has been a real platform for companies from many and varied industries to demonstrate true innovation and collaboration, share experiences and knowhow as we each take on the challenge of growing our respective businesses in often difficult circumstances. Rhenus Logistics and our colleagues in Avant Air and Sea look forward to supporting and helping IEA members address any challenges that lie ahead in 2019 and beyond.”

Glenn Carr, General Manager Freight Rail/Road & Rosslare Europort and Iarnród Éireann – Irish Rail commented: “The Irish Exporters Association Supply Chain programme offered the opportunity for us to showcase our Rail Freight, Navigator Road Agency and Rosslare Europort businesses. We are delighted to again have been a partner of Supply Chain Ireland in sponsoring the exciting and informative range of events and seminars organised for 2019. In particular, in sponsoring the events this year, we look forward to promoting in particular Rosslare Europort as the gateway port to Europe and the UK.”

Jarlath Sweeney, Group Editor/Director, Fleet Transport said: “As we know, there are two sides to the Brexit issue, with the island of Ireland caught in-between. The IEA Supply Chain Series is assisting in trying to bring clarity into the matter with opinions and viewpoints from those at the coal face. These gatherings also provide attendees to let their voices be heard and Fleet Transport is more than obliged to report on the developments as they happen.”

Keynote Speakers:

  • Neale Richmond, Spokesperson on European Affairs, Seanad Éireann
  • Fergal O’Byrne, Head of Brexit Unit, NSAI

Advisory Panel:

  • Jane Dempsey, Assistant Principal, Brexit Unit, Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine
  • Declan Sinnott, Managing Director, Rhenus Logistics Ireland
  • Mick Byrne, CEO, GS1 Ireland
  • Seamus McAuley, Commercial Manager and Corporate Development Manager DHG Europe, Technopath Clinical Diagnostics
  • Miriam Keogh, Head of Supply Chain and Continuous Improvement, Dawn Farms


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