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16 July 2020

News Update July 2020

Dear Member,

At this stage we are all receiving COVID-19 updates from different sources, we are all hoping for a rapid and safe return to normal.  We are seeing figures coming from the HAS that are indicating that normal is not yet within our grasp.  I would like to take this opportunity to appraise you of how the Institute is dealing with the pandemic.


1 Fitzwilliam Place is still closed, we are working on plans to re-open the office in a manner that is safe to all, in the mean time we are all working remotely and responding to emails, please keep in contact via email.


We cancelled the June Transport Manager Certificate of Professional Competence examination, we will now conduct one examination in December, we are at an advanced stage of planning regarding the conduct of this examination in a manner that is safe to all.  We have re-commenced ADR examination, we have had to scale back the number of candidates that we can examine in a day, having said that we are increasing the frequency of examinations and we are keeping up with demand.

Educational Offerings

We took a decision in March to convert the Higher Certificate to an online only offering for the remainder of the term, this we did in conjunction with our educational partner IT Carlow.  I am glad to report that this was a successful transformation.  We intend to commence the Higher Certificate delivery for 2020/2021 in Sept, we hope it will be a face to face delivery, if not it will be either a full online or a blended approach.  I am delighted to report that we have had considerable traction thus far with our Higher Certificate.  At this time in 2019 we had applications from 12 learners for the program, by 14 September (our registration date) we had 57 first year learners register.  Today, we have 64 applications for the first year of our program, it is anticipated that this will continue to rise as we get closer to Sept.  This vote of confidence in the Institute in spite of COVID-19 is heartening to see.

We are currently working on additional educational offerings that will best serve our sector, more on this to follow at a later date.


Skillnet has been a resounding success, we moved all training online for the duration of the pandemic.  We have been oversubscribed in some of our courses, our Skillnet offerings will continue to go from strength to strength.


«August 2020»

Smart City Technologies

Smart city technologies must serve the strategy, not vice versa.

Today throughout the world every second person lives in cities, any by 2050 it will be around 70 percent of the world’s population. This development not only involves enormous burdens for infrastructure and the environment but also places high demands on the conception and organisation of coexistence in urban habitats.

The Smart City will precisely address these issues. Here digital technologies should help to cope with economic, social and political challenges facing current and future generations, for instance in the areas of environment and resource consumption, population growth and demographic change.

Technologies thereby play an important role. However, the right strategy provides the starting point for a Smart City. Centralised coordination, involvement of the relevant stakeholders and partnerships are some of the additional factors for success. Many metropolises and local authorities still lack the know-how and capabilities for successfully implementing their strategies.


Urban administrations rely on the support of competent partners for implementing their Smart City strategies. In particular, Europe’s medium-sized cities (between 100,000 and 500,000 residents) hence constitute an interesting market for communal companies, such as public utility companies and local energy companies: In Germany alone the annual budget for investments in Smart City infrastructure is around four billion euros.

No Smart City is the same as the others. Whereas in Vienna the topics mobility, health or open access to administrative data are in the foreground, in Songdo International Business District in South Korea the prime focus is on comprehensive networking of residents.

What does it feel like to live in such a city? One inhabitant reported that if she forgets her handbag and leaves it on a park bench, there is little reason to worry. In contrast, she finds it considerably more difficult to get used to camera surveillance in her own apartment.

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Customs Bonded Warehousing

What is a customs bonded warehouse? 

A customs bonded warehouse is a secure location where goods can be stored, imported and exported. The difference between a non-bonded warehouse and that which is bonded relates to the connection with customs.

When goods are stored in a non-bonded warehouse, an importer must pay taxes on goods received and ensure they are fully inspected immediately. However, when using a customs bonded warehouse, goods can be held until duties and inspections are addressed. In some cases, exporters can defer payment of duty and taxes until the goods have been purchased. 

Benefits of a customs bonded warehouse

  • A privately owned customs bonded warehouse must have a designated area within the warehouse that is used solely for importing goods. 
  • The use of a customs bonded warehouse has advantages for long term storage, allowing importers to develop strategic relationships with local vendors. 
  • Cost Savings are significant as duties are deferred until the goods leave the warehouse. 
  • Customs bonded warehouses have advantages for storing restricted goods as lengthier periods of time are allowed for storage giving the importer additional time to take care of paper work and legal requirements. 
  • Ideal for international businesses, a customs bonded warehouse allows a shipper to store goods in strategic locations across the world. 

In summary, storing goods in a customs bonded warehouse allows an importer to have a simplified approach to its international shipping processes. Goods are held securely and safely whilst duties and taxes are deferred until the goods leave the warehouse. Lengthier time is allowed for paperwork, payments and inspection and storage can be long term.


Crane Worldwide Logistics have scheduled a webinar this Friday, 31 July 2020, on the Brexit transition coming to an end. For more information or to sign up for the webinar click HERE

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New Shared Responsibility at Romaco Innojet

Michael Van den Bossche has just been appointed new Managing Director of Romaco Innojet. He will share the running of the company with Bastian Käding, who has been at the helm of Romaco Innojet since 2018. Romaco Holding GmbH has just announced the appointment of Michael Van den Bossche as new Managing Director of Romaco Innojet with effect from 1 August 2020. In his new role he will be responsible for Sales, Laboratory, Customer Service and Product Management. Van den Bossche will share the management of Romaco Innojet with Bastian Käding, who has been at the helm of the company since 2018 with responsibility for Project Management, Engineering, Operations and Administration. Prior to joining Romaco Innojet, Belgian-born Van den Bossche, who holds a master’s degree in biochemical engineering, worked for various leading international players in the business of processing technologies, process design and development. In the course of his professional career spanning nearly two decades, he has gained extensive experience in the sale of processing solutions for the pharmaceutical and food industries. During the last few years, he has increasingly focused on continuous technologies for manufacturing pharmaceutical solids. Van den Bossche has lived in Germany since 2017. “We’re delighted to welcome Michael Van den Bossche on board as new joint Managing Director of Romaco Innojet”, explained Jörg Pieper, CEO Romaco Group. “His expertise when it comes to strengthening global sales structures and his strategic approach to the development of new business segments are impressive. We’re in no doubt that Mr. Van den Bossche will make a lasting contribution to the success of the Romaco Innojet brand.”

“I’ve always been very sales-minded and service comes top of my list of priorities”, Michael Van den Bossche emphasised. “I’m also extremely familiar with the industry and I know exactly what our customers are looking for – in us and in our technologies. The expectations people place in suppliers are particularly high in the pharmaceutical industry with its strict regulations. There’s a high demand for enduring technologies and cost-effective solutions that give customers a competitive advantage.” Romaco Group Romaco is a leading international supplier of processing and packaging equipment specialising in engineering technologies for pharmaceutical solids. The group provides individual machines and turnkey solutions for manufacturing and packing powders, granulates, pellets, tablets, capsules, syringes and medical devices. Romaco also serves the food and chemical industries. The Romaco Group has its headquarters in Karlsruhe (Germany) and is part of the Truking Group, a globally operating high-tech enterprise based in Changsha (China). Truking’s core competency is handling and filling pharmaceutical liquids. Romaco operates from four European business sites, with a broad portfolio comprised of six established product brands. Noack and Siebler (Karlsruhe, Germany) supply blister, heat-sealing and rigid tube filling machines. Macofar (Bologna, Italy) markets technologies for filling sterile and non-sterile powders and liquids. Promatic (also Bologna, Italy) specializes in cartoners, track & trace systems and case packers. Kilian (Cologn

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The Digitalisation of Logistics and Supply Chain Operations in 2020

Keith Young, Finance and Commercial Director tell us what's in store in 2020 

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