New association for Irish logistics operators
Freight Transport Association Ireland, a new multi-modal transport trade association going under the title ‘FTA Ireland’, has been established with a view to helping Irish logistics operators develop safer and more efficient practices.
FTA Ireland is a not-for-profit membership trade association which will be wholly owned and governed by its members and will act solely in the advancement of their collective best interests. It will cover all aspects of the freight, passenger transport and logistics supply chain – including road, rail, sea, air, port, airport and public service transport interests, whether as operators of freight and logistics services, coach and bus operators or as shippers.
The new assoication’s members will benefit from a suite of high quality information services provided by FTA, designed to cater for their needs. Services will include the clear interpretation of Irish and EU legislation, as well as access to regular news and information bulletins.
Newly-appointed Head of Policy for the association is Declan McKeon, a dangerous goods specialist with over 20 years’ experience in the logistics sector. Before taking the mantle at FTA Ireland, Declan oversaw warehouse logistics for Coca-Cola Concentrate in Drogheda, Louth.
Founding members of FTA Ireland – which is a stand-alone branch of FTA UK – include such well-known names as DHL, Kerry Foods, Bus Eireann, Reynolds Logistics, Wincanton, FedEx, Irish Global Logistics, BOC Gases (Ireland), UPS, Eddie Stobart Ireland, Tesco Ireland, O’Reilly Transport, Emo Oil, Keelings, Casserly Transport, Balcas Timber and Cemex Ireland.
At the launch of the association, Chris Welsh, General Manager at FTA in the UK said: “FTA Ireland is an autonomous organisation with its own Board and policy making committees.” He added that while the association will develop its own channels of communication with the Irish Government and other policy agencies, the association will benefit from the stewardship and capabilities of FTA, including its range of information and support services. “But it will be an Irish voice for Irish logistics,” he emphasised.
Declan McKeon, FTA Ireland’s newly-appointed Head of Policy, said: “FTA Ireland represents an exciting and very real opportunity to better the industry’s image and improve the way in which the logistics sector operates by sharing best practice and ideas. By vocalising these ideas at the very highest level we can create a safer, more environmentally friendly and more efficient supply chain.”