Belfast Telegraph

Business trebles at Northern Ireland arm of logistics firm Europa Road

From left, Noel Moore, Eddie Cotter, Dan Rodgers and Dionne Redpath of Europa Road
From left, Noel Moore, Eddie Cotter, Dan Rodgers and Dionne Redpath of Europa Road

By Staff Reporter

Logistics provider Europa Road's Belfast business has trebled since the firm launched here in September last year.

The company invested in Northern Ireland for the first time in 2018, providing 30 daily freight departures from the city to continental Europa via its £30m hub in Kent.

The company said it launched the service in response to a growing demand and claimed it was filling a gap in the market for exporters wanting fast freight delivery to Europe.

The firm said that its Northern Ireland operation, which is based at the Hawthorn Business Park on Falcon Road, had almost trebled the amount of goods transported since September.

The Northern Ireland service collects shipments and sends them to Kent the next working day for onward connection to Europe.

The firm's website states that it is ready for a no-deal Brexit.

"If there's a no-deal conclusion, there will be immediate changes to the way we trade with our EU partners, and goods that move between the UK and the EU will require customs clearance," it says.

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"Although it's unclear, we will have the people, systems, facilities and processes in place in order to maintain the best level of service we can."

The company's distribution partner in Northern Ireland is transport and logistics company Liam Connelly, a family-run business based in Co Fermanagh.

Europa Road is part of logistics provider Europa Worldwide Group.

Northern Ireland branch manager Dan Rodgers said: "We've enjoyed a very positive first six months, with good results and all figures heading in the right direction. The team is energetic and focused and has settled in well. I look forward to our continued success going forwards."

Europa Worldwide Group is a specialist road, air, sea, warehouse and showfreight operator.

It currently employs more than 900 people across 16 sites in the UK and has locations in Hong Kong, the Czech Republic and Belgium.

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