Export Industry Awards 2019

Remember Remember the 8th November! On the evening of Friday 8th November 2019, our industry will descend on Dublin’s Convention Centre for the 2019 Export Industry Awards. This black-tie gala dinner will reward the very best of our industry and is shaping up to be one of the highlights of the year. What are the […]

We’re Expanding our Express Services

In response to increased demand for our continental express services, we’re adding three more brand-new MAN TGXs to the Baku GLS fleet. These stunning new tractor units sail for Ireland today, and will be ready for action by the end of next week.  Purpose built for double-manned journeys, these trucks give us the ability to provide […]

This Year’s Logistics & Supply Chain Confidence Index

There are plenty of reasons to be optimistic in this year’s CBRE AIB Logistics & Supply Chain Confidence Index.  Overall confidence in the market has fallen, but the majority of businesses in Ireland’s supply chain expect to increase turnover and profits in the next 12 months. Warehouse demand is up, and Brexit expectations are shifting, […]

Pharma Transport: Risk Management and GDP

As GDP Passport holders, we’re all too aware of the importance of good supply chain risk management when transporting medicines. This week’s article takes a closer look at the European Commission’s GDP and GMP standards, and explains the risks unique to the pharma industry.   What is GDP (Good Distribution Practice)? When it comes to […]

Our New Fleet Additions

As the Baku GLS business grows, so does our fleet! We bought ourselves some brand-new MAN TGX trucks at the start of 2019, and after 6 months on the road, these trucks continue to deliver exceptional levels of performance, fuel economy and reliability. Environmentally Sustainable Transport One of the reasons we chose to purchase brand […]

Down the Road: The Future of Electric HGVs

DAF and Tesla are already selling them, and most other truck manufacturers have plans in the works, but how long do we have to wait to see electric HGVs on Irish roads? With billions being pumped into the electric vehicle industry across the globe, we look at what’s in store for those of us in […]

Branching out: the IRHA’s new roads campaign

The Irish Road Haulage Association have launched a new video campaign to highlight the dangers of poor verge management on Ireland’s regional roads. In a 15-minute video, IRHA Deputy Vice President Paul Jackman gives a driver’s-eye view of the hazards presented by overhanging branches, overgrown hedges and poorly-positioned signage on R class roads. A driver’s […]

Mrs May’s New Brexit Deal: What Happens Now?

It has been a tough week for Theresa May. Following a collapse in cross-party Brexit talks, on Tuesday Mrs May made a last ditch-attempt to avoid a no-deal departure with her announcement of a ‘New Brexit Deal’. Today, with many details of the deal still a mystery, Theresa May has agreed to stand down as […]

4th Time Lucky: the UK’s next Brexit Vote

On Tuesday 4th June, MPs in Westminster will vote again on the Withdrawal Agreement Bill – the same bill that has already been rejected three times in the past six months. Why have MPs decided to vote again on the same bill, what are the chances of the bill getting passed this time, and how […]

Customs after Brexit: CHIEF and CDS

Hundreds of thousands of businesses in the UK and EU will need to make customs declarations for the first time in the weeks following Brexit. The UK’s tax authorities are upgrading their customs IT infrastructure at the same time, creating uncertainty around which systems to use and when. In this article, we look at the […]

Breaking the Brexit Deadlock: What Happens Next?

The risk of a no-deal Brexit on 1st June fell this week as the UK began to prepare for European Parliamentary elections. By going ahead with European elections on 23 May, the UK meets the terms of the 31 October flextension; they now have six months to put together a Brexit plan and avoid a […]

Flextension: the new Brexit timelines

The Brexit calendar shifted again this week when the EU27 agreed a flexible extension, pushing Brexit Day back for a third time to 31 October 2019. We take a look at what this new flexible extension (‘flextension’) might mean for the transport industry, what could happen next, and how best to prepare for the months […]

Preparing for No-Deal: Customs Procedures at UK Ports

There’s just one week left until 12 April, and the UK parliament are still no closer to a workable withdrawal agreement. With one week to go, we look at what EU clients can do now to prepare goods for movement through UK ports in the event of a no-deal Brexit. Customs Declarations: Arriving at a […]

Galileo, Let Me Go: Sat Nav in the UK after Brexit

After Brexit, the UK will have no rights to use the EU’s Galileo satellite system. What is Galileo, should we expect sat nav problems when travelling through the UK, and should our clients be concerned? We’ve taken a closer look at Galileo, and what its loss will mean to trucks on UK roads, in the […]

Incoterms after Brexit: a handy new guide

If you trade entirely within the EU, it’s possible that you haven’t come across Incoterms yet …but you’ll soon know all about them. When the UK leaves the EU, we expect Incoterms to become the new standard for trade, so we’ve created a handy one-page Incoterms guide. What are Incoterms? Incoterms are global standard contract […]

Delaying Brexit: What Happens Next?

With 29th March now just a fortnight away, the UK parliament created the possibility of a delayed Brexit in a major vote last night. Based on yesterday’s vote, we look at the likelihood of a delayed Brexit, and explain the new potential Brexit timelines. What happened in Westminster this week: After months of infighting and […]

TSP: the UK’s new Brexit customs framework

A short guide to TSP: the  UK’s new Brexit customs framework Last month the UK tax authorities announced simplified importing procedures for UK businesses importing from the EU after Brexit. TSP is meant as a temporary sticking plaster to protect the UK’s supply chain in the event of a no-deal Brexit …but how does it […]

Authorised Economic Operator: what it means for Brexit

The 29th March is just weeks away, yet we still can’t say with 100% certainty what will be required to move goods in and out of the UK after Brexit. One of the few regulatory benchmarks that we can rely on is Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) status. Already a recognised standard in and out of […]

The problems with stockpiling for Brexit

With businesses such as Ornua, Unilever and Johnson & Johnson all announcing plans to hold extra goods in the UK before Brexit Day, we look at stockpiling as a business strategy, its limitations and its likely impact on Europe’s supply chain in the coming months.   In a modern logistics environment where supply chains have […]

IDPs, CPCs & ECMTs: Compliance for UK Drivers

If the UK leaves the EU without a deal on 29 March, there’s a risk that professional drivers with UK-issued licences may need to apply for a new set of documents to cover EU journeys. According to the latest UK government guidance, commercial drivers with a UK licence may need an IDP to travel in […]

A No Deal Brexit is now the most likely outcome

The chances of a No Deal Brexit increased dramatically overnight when the UK Parliament formally voted against the 585 page EU Withdrawal Bill. There is no alternative proposal to the EU Withdrawal Bill, and with Brexit Day just 10 weeks away, Theresa May’s government faces a vote of no confidence at 7pm tonight. As of […]

The IEA’s Annual Report: Preparations for Brexit

The Irish Exporters Association have just released a summary of their activities in 2018. It will come as no surprise that Brexit preparations have taken centre stage, as is right and proper given what will happen on 29 March of this year. Safeguarding our industry’s future For those of us on the front lines, the […]

Irish Ferries likely to drop Rosslare-France routes next year

The new W B Yeats from Irish Ferries

We’re sorry to see the planned reduction in routes from Rosslare via Irish Ferries. The current plan is for the new W.B. Yeats ferry to serve Cherbourg from Dublin Port, sailing 4 times a week, and for the following Ireland-France routes to be cancelled in 2019: Rosslare – Cherbourg Rosslare – Rosscoff Irish Ferries announced the likely route […]

No Deal or No Deal: our latest Brexit projections

It’s been a very busy few weeks for Theresa May. Forced to cancel a trip to Ireland at the last minute to face down a leadership battle within her own party, more recently she’s been battling calls of no confidence from the UK’s opposition benches. Mrs May is still standing, but the political infighting hasn’t […]

Phil gets the Silver Standard

Baku GLS now hold the TruckSafe Silver Standard   We’re proud to announce that Phil Cassidy, Baku’s Fleet Manager, formally accepted FTA Ireland’s TruckSafe Silver Standard in the FTA’s headquarters in Dublin this morning.   The TruckSafe Silver Standard is acknowledgement of Baku’s constant mission to deliver the highest standards of safety and driver competence […]