Peel Ports Group, one of the UK and Ireland’s largest port groups, has proven its commitment to supporting a growing Irish export market by becoming a member of the Irish Exporters Association (IEA) a group which is widely regarded as the voice of Ireland’s export industry.
Peel Ports currently operates at Belfast (Victoria Terminal) and Dublin (Marine Terminals Limited) handling 30% of all containers entering the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. Between them the terminals handle around 300,000 units of TEU every year.
Membership to the IEA will not only open up access to a wide community of exporters and service providers in the Irish market, but it will also allow Peel Ports to further develop its comprehensive range of transport connections across its Irish Sea network. It will allow its customers to grow global trade and increase exports from Ireland by providing access to a vital part of the supply chain infrastructure and bring added value to supply chains in terms of efficiency and cost effectiveness. With strategic port locations in Liverpool, Manchester, Dublin, Belfast and Glasgow, Peel Ports provides a unique Irish Sea hub, further supported by its shipping line BG Freight Line.
Furthermore, the Irish Sea Hub allows shipping lines to reduce the cost of repositioning empty containers, by rebalancing equipment across the network. 82.5% of laden containers which arrive into the Irish Sea Hub also leave as laden containers, which is higher than the UK average of 54% - making transportation in and out of Ireland cheaper.
Through a joined up approach the Irish Sea hub offers a one-stop solution for container customers, allowing multiple port calls across the Irish Sea, reducing transportation costs to Ireland.
Peel Ports’ global connectivity will be further enhanced when its new £300million Liverpool2 development opens for business at the Port of Liverpool in 2015.