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15 May 2020

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We have over the last two months being adjusting to the “new normal” that is life under the cloud of COVID-19.   I want to take this opportunity to update you on how the institute is operating in these unprecedented times.  Our key focus is on ensuring the safety of staff, partners and customers and as always, we remain committed to our learners and members with our high level of customer service.

Our office

Our office remains closed and our staff are working from home. Fortunately, we have always operated a flexible working policy so all of the necessary processes and technologies are already in place for us to be able to do this effectively.  On our website is a list of email contacts for each department, these are continually monitored.

Our courses

Higher Certificate in Business, Logistics and Supply Chain Management

Due to the cloud-based nature of our key systems, The Higher Certificate in Business, Logistics and Supply Chain Management worked virtual classrooms until the end of the academic year.  Looking forward to September when we recommence classes, plans are in place that should the need arise we can commence with online classes on 12 Sept 2020, it is hoped that this will not be necessary.

ADR & DGSA Exams

All scheduled ADR Exams have been cancelled until further notice.  As previously stated, our key focus is on ensuring the safety of staff, partners, and customers.  This is our guiding principal in relation to all our examinations.  Once it is safe to commence examinations, we will.  We are working with our examination centres to ensure that when it is safe to recommence examinations that we will be in a position to examine all those who need these examinations.

TM CPC Exams

All scheduled TM CPC Exams have been cancelled until further notice.

CILT Skillnet

CILT Skillnet continues to deliver many of its training programmes, transitioning a number of courses from in-class delivery to live online delivery. Over the last 12 months CILT Skillnet has looked more towards the online delivery of training. COVID 19 has accelerated this development and CILT Skillnet will soon launch a new eLearning platform with high-quality training programmes accessible 24/7.

Details of the current CILT Skillnet offerings are to be found here

Our key remit, to promote professionalism and enhance standards in logistics, transport and supply chain sector through the provision of education and services, stays resolute, we will continue as logisticians to adapt to prevailing condition in order to maintain our operations.   

My very best wishes to you and your families at this difficult time.

If you have any queries at all, please don't hesitate to contact the Institute by email at 

Many thanks,

Mick Curran 




«January 2021»

‘Hardships’ coming for traders at Northern Ireland’s post-Brexit borders, lobby groups say

FILE PHOTO: Lorry trailers are seen in the port of Larne, Larne Northern Ireland, December 30, 2020. REUTERS/Phil Noble

LONDON (Reuters) – Traders selling goods between Northern Ireland and the rest of the United Kingdom will face “real hardships” in the coming weeks after the post-Brexit regulatory border shattered normal operations, lobby groups said on Wednesday.

At a British parliamentary committee, representatives for the province’s farmers, retailers and logistics firms said British companies had not been able to prepare, or were not prepared, for new customs requirements after a last-minute trade deal.

Trucks have been sent back to Britain, some have been held for hours while they fill out forms and other suppliers have stopped servicing Northern Ireland until the new systems bed in.

“This is just the opening skirmishes,” said Aodhán Connolly, director of the Northern Ireland Retail Consortium.

“Retailers have been stocking up before Christmas for this first week, the flow of the first weekend was less than 20% of usual transport flow, so there are real hardships that are going to come in the middle of this month.”

Britain left the European Union’s single market and customs union at 2300 GMT on New Year’s Eve, introducing a raft of paperwork and customs declarations for those businesses that import and export goods with the bloc.

In order to keep the border open between the British province of Northern Ireland and EU-member Ireland, a separate agreement was struck that requires a regulatory border in the Irish Sea between Northern Ireland and the rest of the United Kingdom.

While stockpiling has helped suppress trade levels into Northern Ireland in the first week of the New Year, easing the switch, some gaps have already appeared on supermarket shelves.

One large food manufacturer with 15 trucks bound for Northern Ireland could not send them because they did not have customs declarations filled out, the committee heard.

Seamus Leheny, policy manager for Northern Ireland in the Logistics UK group, said the new customs demands were hitting companies throughout the supply chain.

“One operator sent 285 trucks to GB (Great Britain), they only got 100 of those back to Northern Ireland,” he said. “The knock on effect is they can’t service NI (Northern Ireland) exports going back to GB because they’ve got lorries and equipment sitting in England waiting for loads that aren’t ready yet.”

Similar problems have been detected on the busy cross-Channel border between Britain and France, and freight companies have said that a return to normal trade levels later this month will put a huge strain

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Brexit: opening the back door

While Covid-19 and the new lockdown continues to dominate the headlines, the aftermath of TransEnd (still referred to as “Brexit” by many media sources) remains the non-story of the year.

A media lorry watcher gives us some information from ferry-operator DFDS, which says that, on 1-2 January, 1,351 vehicles went through the Port of Dover. That compares with 3,239 last year, a cut of more than half in traffic volume over the year.

The agency Bloomberg gives us rather more information, although it amounts to the same thing. Between 7 am on 31 December and 7 am on 4 January, lorry crossings at Dover averaged a thousand daily, compared with 2019 when the average was 6,500. On Monday morning, the traffic was light, with no sign of hold-ups at the Eastern Docks.

However, Richard Ballantyne, chief executive officer of the British Ports Association says that this is “probably the calm before the storm”, observing that, “It’s always quite quiet after the new year”.

Apart from the New Year’s holiday, the relative quiet is put down to companies ordering early in anticipation of potential delays, and a reduction in demand because of the temporary closure of France’s border in late December.

Another factor has been a deliberate policy of some trucking groups to avoid Dover and to delay truck movements for a few weeks until there is some sense of where the problems lie.

This is confirmed by Jon Swallow, co-founder of Jordon Freight, which ships goods between the UK and the EU. But he sees trouble ahead after taking multiple calls from businesses on Monday which believed that the Christmas Eve trade deal relieved them of the need to file paperwork to cross the Channel.

Swallow notes that their optimism is misplaced. Firms will still need to file customs declarations and comply with other new formalities due to Brexit, he says, adding: “We’re so shocked. These are not small companies”.

Delays and diversions, however, seems to be having an effect. There have been reports (by Reuters and others) of empty shelves in a Paris branch Marks & Spencer. Items out of stock included sandwiches, salads and a turkey tortilla with curry. A spokesperson for M&S said the border controls were causing delays to deliveries, although it was working on the problem with suppliers.

Paris wasn’t the only location affected though. Other reports had the M&S branch in Dundrum Town Centre in Dublin running with empty shelves. A section of the chilled goods area, which usually contained pre-prepared chicken products, was bare and other fridges also contained empty sections.

That may have someth

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This Renault D Wide Z.E. EV Truck Has Solar Panels

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But only to power the refrigeration units…..

Renault Trucks has recently deployed another all-electric D Wide Z.E. truck in Switzerland, which was acquired by the Swiss haulier Rhyner Logistik.

An interesting thing about this particular project is that Rhyner Logistik has retrofitted the truck with solar panels (26) on the roof to power the refrigeration unit.

We don’t know how much power they will generate (a few kW at peak we guess), but it’s a brilliant idea to convert the sunlight (which would normally heat the vehicle) to electricity to cool the cargo.

“To take its virtuous approach one step further, Rhyner Logistik decided to have solar panels fitted onto the vehicle body to provide green energy for the refrigeration unit. This system is particularly suited to temperature-controlled transport, because it is when outside temperatures are high – and the sun is therefore strong – that the cooling is most needed.”

Of course, it would be great to power the entire vehicle that way, but it will not happen even if the panels had 100% efficiency. For driving, it must be charged from an external electricity source.

Hopefully, the 26-ton D Wide Z.E. will meet the expectations. Rhyner Logistik operates a fleet of 100 trucks so electrification of the rest depends on the results of the first one.

Renault Trucks: 26-ton D Wide Z.E. specs:

  • Real-world operating range: up to 180 km (112 miles)
  • Energy storage: lithium-ion batteries, 200-265 kWh
  • GVW: 26 tonnes. Weight: 27 tonnes
  • Available wheelbase: 3,900 mm
  • Two electric motors with a total rating of 370 kW (260 kW continuous output)
  • Maximum torque of electric motors: 850 Nm
  • Maximum torque rear axle: 28 kNm
  • Two-speed gearbox
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New Rail Connection Melzo-Rotterdam Available To CLdN CARGO Door-To-Door Clients

In close partnership with C.RO Ports Rotterdam and Hannibal, door-to-door transport company CLdN CARGO is now able to ship their clients’ cargo through a new rail connection between Rail Hub Rotterdam Botlek (The Netherlands) and Rail Hub Milano (Italy). Commencing January 12, 2021, the connection sees three trains depart from Melzo and Rotterdam each week. The service is available for their trailer and container customers.

Thanks to Terminal Operator C.RO Ports and Italian Rail Operator Hannibal, CLdN CARGO has considerably improved their existing intermodal connectivity between the Benelux and Italy. The door-to-door transport company can now offer both their trailer and container clients an additional rail service between Rotterdam and Milan, with weekly departures from Milan as well as Rotterdam on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, seamlessly connecting to CLdN’s shortsea services between Rotterdam, and the UK (daily) and Ireland (4 times each week).

The need for rail and shortsea transport as an alternative to road haulage has taken a huge flight since Brexit and the pandemic. By deploying additional transport options and freight capacity, CLdN CARGO was able to offer their clients peace of mind. They are and will be ready to accommodate any additional customer demand in a safe, clean and cost-efficient manner.

CLdN CARGO offers door-to-door transport services throughout Europe, based on their extensive fleet of containers, trailers and flatbeds. Thanks to a team of experts and through an extensive partner network, they act as a one-stop-shop for all their customers’ multimodal transport requirements.

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Port of Amsterdam welcomes new container service to Ireland

Photo credits: Samskip

Port of Amsterdam Press Release 18th Jan 2021: See Below: 

‘Samskip announced today that the company will start a new container service on the 25th of January, connecting the TMA Logistics terminal in the port of Amsterdam to the Irish port of Dublin.

The service will start on fixed days, departing from Amsterdam on Monday and arriving in Dublin on Wednesday and returning to Amsterdam in the weekend. This expansion of the Samskip network is the latest in a series of its recent new connections via Amsterdam, including a direct rail service between Amsterdam – Duisburg and the addition of the Scottish port of Grangemouth to the UK connections this past summer/fall. It is another testament to the competitive position of the port of Amsterdam in the short sea and intermodal markets.

The service is launched at a time wherein direct connections between Ireland and the EU markets are of vital importance, as UK-routed cargo can run into Brexit related challenges. According to Thijs Goumans, Head of Ireland Trade Samskip, the service launch comes at a time when importers and exporters in Ireland-mainland Europe trades continue to weigh up options as the consequences of Brexit for supply chain management became clear. ‘The Ireland-North Continent freight market is in a dynamic phase, and fixed day container services to/from Amsterdam provide the certainty on which supply chain managers serving the Dutch and German markets can base business growth,’ said Goumans. Dependent on demand, Samskip will consider calls to connect other ports in Ireland to Amsterdam direct.

Michael van Toledo, General Manager TMA Amsterdam, also applauds the latest development. ‘This new service could have been custom-made for our ambitions to grow as a hub for short sea container business in Amsterdam.’ It is the next step in our relationship with Samskip, targeting shippers’ greater appetite for direct container services between Ireland and the North Continent, post-Brexit, with TMA’s cross-docking services also winning over trailer operators in markets further south.’ Richard Archer, Regional Director Samskip Multimodal, confirms the attractiveness of the port, ‘Amsterdam is a high performance port connecting straight into the hinterland area and the entire Samskip Ireland team is delighted by this new commitment to pan-European transport.’

For Port of Amsterdam, the container service is another welcome addition to its short sea and intermodal network. Its strategic focus aims at leveraging its geographical position, hinterland connections, competitive advantages and strong commercial players into continued success in the short sea market. Koen Overtoom, CEO Port of Amsterdam, said, ‘We are very pleased with this expansion of the short sea network of the port of Amsterdam. It underlines the strength of the services TMA Logistics and Samskip offer, as well as the strategic position of our port. Ireland is a

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Brexit and Your Business: EU-UK Trade & Cooperation Agreement and Customs Update

Date & Time: Wednesday 27th January 2021 – 2pm to 3:30pm

Location: Online Zoom Webinar
Subsidised Cost: FREE

The new year sees a new trading reality for Irish business with the EU-UK Trade Cooperation Agreement bringing about many new challenges. All businesses are being forced to adapt rapidly to the new requirements for trade through or with the UK. 

Adjusting to the new trading environment is vital to ensure you do not suffer delays or loss of business. Adapting now will increase your competitive advantage and even present opportunities for growth in certain sectors. Therefore, CILT Skillnet, in association with Global Trade Ltd presents a new webinar entitled EU-UK Trade Cooperation Agreement, Customs Update.

The aim of this webinar is to explore the key customs changes for trading with the UK now that the outside the EU Customs Union. The webinar is suitable for senior management, finance teams, operations staff from manufacturing, distribution, or finance industries

This one-hour webinar + 15 minute Q&A will focus on the new customs rules and regulations in the EU-UK Trade Cooperation Agreement. The key takeaway will be an understanding of the agreed customs rules, including customs clearance procedures/simplifications, and compliance obligations in this new trading environment. 
The webinar, EU-UK Trade Cooperation Agreement, Customs Update, will be hosted by Brian Murphy, MD Global Trade Ltd., takes place on Wednesday, 27th January 2021 at 2pm. 


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Living with Brexit: The Road Ahead

Living with Brexit:The Road Ahead is a new series of blogs by the IIEA’s UK Group and additional contributors which will examine the outcome of the deal and its implications for Ireland – including for trade, business, agriculture, fisheries, transport, and  the Northern Ireland Protocol. It will also examine the political implications of the deal, for the future of Anglo-Irish relations and the future of the UK after Brexit.

The fifth entry in the series, by Tom Ferris, Former Senior Economist at the Department of Transport, examines what the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement means for Ireland’s transport sectors; specifically road freight transport and aviation.


To preserve their mutually beneficial trading relationship, the EU and the UK have created a free trade area with no tariffs or quotas on products, regulatory and customs cooperation mechanisms, as well as provisions designed to ensure a level playing field for open and fair competition, as part of a larger economic partnership. While it may be a free trade area, it does involve traders processing a considerable amount of documentation. In particular:

  • rules of origin will apply to goods in order to qualify for preferential trade terms under the agreement;
  • all imports will be subject to customs formalities and will need to comply with the rules of the importing party, and
  • all imports into the EU must meet all EU standards and will be subject to regulatory checks and controls for safety, health and other public policy purposes.

The EU and the UK now have two separate regulatory and legal systems. This means that all products exported from the EU to the UK will have to comply with UK technical regulations and will be subject to any applicable regulatory compliance checks and controls. Similarly, all products imported from the UK to the EU will need to comply with EU technical regulations and will be subject to all applicable regulatory compliance obligations too.

Road Freight Transport

Under the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA), all transport businesses conducting operations between the EU and the UK have now to ensure compliance with EU and UK certification requirements respectively. In particular, transport operators are affected by changes in the formalities

required when crossing the UK-EU borders, including Irish traffic using the ‘landbridge’ across Great Britain.  These ‘landbridge’ provisions will allow the continuation of logistics links between Ireland and the rest of the EU via the UK, unless they decide to use direct routes to the rest of the EU by sea or air. The IIEA briefing on Implications of Brexit for Ireland’s Key Transport Sectorspublished in October 2017, discusses the ‘landbridge’ in greater detail.

With the implementation of the Treaty, UK companies are no longer free to hold an EU licence and are restricted in their provision of transport services within the Union. However, the two sides have agreed in the Treaty to recognise each other’s ‘Authorised Economic Operators’ programmes, enabling trusted traders that already benefit from this status to enjoy certain simplifications and/or facilitat

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