Twenty Years Young! Baku GLS in 2020

2020 marks a very special birthday for us here at Baku – we’re celebrating twenty years in business! When Baku GLS started, we were three people in a garage. Now, we’re a multinational business serving thousands of clients all over Ireland, the UK and Europe.  This week’s article takes a look at our journey over […]

Christmas is coming early! New Fleet Additions for 2020

We’re treating ourselves to a few early Christmas presents this year! Three brand new right-hand drive MAN TGX tractor units have just arrived in Holland, ready to sail for our Rosslare headquarters in the next few days. We’ve purchased these powerful, environmentally-friendly trucks specifically to support our Irish customers in 2020 and beyond.   Supporting […]

UK Election 2019: What it means for Brexit

The ballot papers have been counted, and it’s official: the UK’s Conservative party won by a landslide. As of this morning, the UK’s departure from the EU on 31st January is practically certain.  What do these election results mean for those of us in the Irish Transport industry, what happens next, and what should we […]

Baku GLS at the FTA Council Meeting

It’s been a busy week here at Baku GLS!  On Wednesday, Baku’s Mary Mullins and Phil Cassidy attended FTA Ireland’s council meeting, where Mary gave a talk on the AEO application process before we were formally presented with our TruckSafe Silver Standard certification.  Find out all about the FTA Ireland Summit in this week’s article.  […]

Pharma Transport: How We Move Medicines

Pharmaceutical Transport is a heavily regulated freight category …and rightly so. The safe shipment of pharmaceutical products, from labs and factories to warehouses, hospitals and pharmacies, is one of the most important responsibilities of our industry.  At Baku GLS, we’ve been shipping pharmaceutical goods, like medicines, veterinary drugs and medical supplies for over 20 years […]

Baku GLS awarded AEO Status!

Baku GLS have today been awarded AEO status! AEO (Authorised Economic Operator) is the gold standard for international supply chain operators in Europe. It’s an accreditation that’s recognised around the globe, and it’s only awarded to the most reliable operators with an exceptional track record.  Fewer than 250 companies in Ireland hold this prestigious accreditation, […]

IRHA update on the tragedy in Essex

  Following the tragic deaths of 39 immigrants who perished trying to enter the UK illegally, IRHA President Verona Murphy spoke to LMFM’s Michael Reade.     Listen to the IRHA interview The LMFM interview is available on the IRHA website at the link below and is well worth a listen. We welcome Verona’s comments; […]

Baku GLS on RTE News at Nine

Did you catch the RTE News at Nine yesterday? Baku’s very own Mary Mullins was interviewed as part of an RTE News special Brexit report on Rosslare Port. Well done to Mary, who has been heading up our Brexit preparations for some time now and did us proud. You can still watch the special report […]

Johnson’s New Deal: What’s the Difference?

Following weeks of intense negotiations, the UK and EU published a fresh new Brexit deal yesterday, dramatically improving the chances of an orderly departure on 31st October.  In this week’s article we look at what’s changed in this new Brexit deal, what the deal could mean for those of us in the Irish transport industry, […]

Positive & Promising: NI/ROI Border Developments

Following “very positive and promising” private talks with Boris Johnson yesterday, Leo Varadkar announced that he could see a “pathway towards an agreement in the coming weeks”. With tentative progress being made on a workable Brexit deal between Varadkar and Johnson, it’s possible that we may, at long last, be seeing some light at the […]

Operation Yellowhammer: what do we need to know?

It has been another interesting week at Westminster. Moments before Boris Johnson shut down Parliament for five weeks, the UK’s House of Commons managed to squeeze in a quick vote calling for the disclosure of all documents related to Operation Yellowhammer.  What exactly is Operation Yellowhammer, what’s in the Yellowhammer memo, and how does it […]

ProfiDrive® – MAN’s Sustainable Driving Programme

At Baku GLS, we train all our drivers in sustainable driving techniques. Using the MAN ProfiDrive® programme as our foundation, we give all of our drivers the skills they need to reduce our fuel costs and keep our carbon footprint as small as possible. It’s part of our commitment to deliver excellence in all that […]

Transporting chemicals by road: a guide to ADR

If you need to transport chemicals by road (or any other goods that could be harmful to people, property or the environment), then you’ll need to follow ADR rules in almost every UN member nation This article explains the ADR classification system, the rules surrounding chemical transport and the impact that Brexit might have on […]

15 Brand New Curtainsiders Have Arrived!

The Baku GLS fleet has expanded again! In response to rising demand from our Engineering & General Cargo customers, we’ve taken delivery of another 15 brand new curtainsiders, adding an additional c. 1,300 cubic meters of capacity to our fleet. 15 Brand New Euroliners  We purchased these trailers brand-new from Schmitz Cargobull in Germany, the […]

Trailer Types: a client’s guide

Do you know your step decks from your flatbeds? Not all HGV trailers are created equal! At Baku, we keep a fleet of more than 200 trailers, all built to suit different cargo types. No matter whether you book full load or groupage, we’ll transport your cargo on a trailer that offers the perfect balance […]

Good News from Stena Line & Dublin Port

The international trading landscape is evolving, and Irish transport businesses have plenty of reasons to be cheerful about the future. The next phase of development in Dublin Port’s 2040 Masterplan is about to begin, and we’ll start to see more capacity on Stena Line routes to & from UK ports from early next year.  Stena […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]