Transport Ireland with Seacon Logistics

Seacon Logistics is your logistics service provider and central point of contact for transport to and from Ireland. From strategic locations and together with our worldwide network of agents and partners, we quickly, smoothly and cost-effectively take care of your transport. From full loads (FTL), part loads (LTL), pallets, intermodal to special transport

As a neighbouring country of the United Kingdom, Ireland has long formed a dual link between England and the rest of Europe. As a result, Ireland has experienced an economic boom and developed into a true exporting country since the early 21st century. Gross domestic product (GDP) more than tripled over that period. Trade relations have also been further intensified. The Netherlands, United Kingdom, United States and Germany are important trading partners for Ireland. Top commodity products include: chemicals, finished goods, foodstuffs and stationery. 

For transport to and from this interesting transport country, it is only logical for you as a company – together with Seacon as your professional partner – to take your logistics to a higher level. On this page, you can read more about our transport solutions for Ireland. 

Key transport routes Ireland and your benefits

Ireland's logistics are in a unique situation due to its geographical location as an island state and its political status as a non-member state of the United Kingdom. Both road transport, air freight and sea freight are of huge importance to the country. 

Road freight is the most common form of transport within Ireland. The road network is very well developed and comparable to German federal highways and the motorways around Dublin. Tolls are charged on most of the routes, especially on national roads, which connect all major towns in the country. 

Air freight is also relatively popular. The airport in capital Dublin is a hub for many airlines, especially for flights across the Atlantic and to several European countries. Combined with road transport, we offer intermodal transport, which allows us to transport your goods in a fast, smart and efficient way. 

Dublin is also home to the country's largest seaport (better known as Dublin Port or Port Átha Cliath), where almost all maritime freight transport takes place. From here, international destinations are reached quickly and customs checks – in cooperation with our partners – are handled without any problems. 

The railway network was designed almost exclusively for passenger transport. Therefore, rail transport fulfils only a very small part within the country's transport flows. 

Container ship loading at the port of Cork, Ireland | Seacon Logistics
Panoramic photo of the River Liffey showing some ships, the city centre and industry | Seacon Logistics

Key cities for freight transport in Ireland

The country's main logistics centres can be divided into four different cities.First, as Ireland's international and intermodal hub, Dublin is by far the country's most important conurbation. It is also home to the largest seaport Dublin Port and Dublin Airport. The road and rail network acts as a hub and trade centre. Most of its industry, government and population are located in or around the capital. 

Although Dublin plays an important role, there are other cities that can be identified as important centres. For example, Shannon has a duty-free zone, an International Business Park (special support measure) and an international airport (Shannon Airport) with good rail and road connections. Cork and Rosslare have roll-on roll-off (RoRo) seaports offering transport to Le Havre and Rotterdam, for example. 

Looking for a well-thought-out logistics solution for your transport from or to Ireland? Then contact our specialists. Together with our local partners, we will draw up a suitable logistics solution for you, with which we will transport your goods safely and efficiently to or from Ireland.

Transport solutions from Seacon Logistics

We offer different types of transport to and from Ireland. Whether it concerns general cargo, less-than-truckload or full-truckload shipping, air freight, sea freight or freight transport – we will ensure that your goods arrive at their destination safely and on time. Below you will find our transport solutions to and from Ireland:

  • Groupage transport to Ireland 
  • Pallet shipment
  • Partial loads (LTL / LCL)
  • Full loads (FCL / FTL)
  • Rail transport
  • Deliveries in the city centre
  • Delivery with tailboard
  • Express delivery to Ireland
Photo of the historic centre of Dublin city in Ireland | Seacon Logistics

Groupage Ireland - LCL and LTL

The term LTL (Less Than Truck Load) is used in freight transport to indicate that only part of the available cargo space of the truck is filled. In the logistics industry, it is therefore common to combine several partial loads at one loading point or to add a partial load. In short, groupage or LTL is therefore the merging of several smaller loads into one larger load. This optimises the use of the freight container during road freight.

The abbreviation LCL stands for Less than Container Load and in sea freight refers to shipments that do not fill an entire container and are combined with other general cargo in a consolidated container. LCL transport mainly offers price advantages and some benefits in practical handling and stowage. For general cargo, only proportionate transport costs are incurred for the use of the container volume.

Full loads Ireland - FCL or FTL

The abbreviation FCL (Full Container Load) is used in sea freight for full container loads. Unlike LCL: a load that only partially fills a container. With FCL loads, the container is loaded by a shipper and unloaded at the destination by a consignee.

With an FTL delivery (Full Truck Load), the shipment fills the entire available cargo space. The truck transports this shipment to its destination without reloading. This is for one recipient. This completely utilises the truck’s transport capacity. 

Fast delivery is the main advantage of FTL. This is because there is no need for transhipment or extra route planning to different recipients. The truck drives directly to one destination. It is the most effective method of transporting goods by road to a final destination. 


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Loading special transport onto a truck. | Seacon Logistics

Special transport Ireland

In our wide range of transport services, we also offer special transport to and from Ireland. This is the worldwide transport of long, high and heavy goods that do not fit in a container or truck. We believe it is important to comply with all international regulations and guidelines in this type of transport. Especially when transporting dangerous goods, regardless of whether they are transported to or from Ireland to abroad. Below you will find an overview of all goods that Seacon Logistics transports: 

  • Long goods
  • Dangerous goods (ADR)
  • Boxes (KTN)
  • Boxes (BOX)
  • Bundles
  • Heavy load
  • Pallets (PLT)
  • Gitter boxes (GIBO)
  • Barrels (FSS)
  • Other loose goods

Transport options Ireland: to and from Asia, America, Europe and Africa

At Seacon Logistics we understand that, in addition to the quality of your products, fast shipping and associated satisfied customers are of great importance. That is why we facilitate the worldwide transport of your goods in all aspects. Goods transport within Europe is usually handled via road freight, but for shipments to and from Asia, North and South America and Africa, we of course also have sea freight and air freight at your disposal.

From our locations at strategically located terminals, we supply all major consumer markets. By outsourcing your transport to and from Ireland to Seacon Logistics, you benefit from the advantage that you do not have to worry about complicated coordination across different continents and time zones. With us, you are guaranteed – partly thanks to the excellent cooperation with our partner network – a fast, efficient and well-organised shipment. 

Container terminal from above, showing a container ship loading sea freight and moving trucks (road transport). | Seacon Logistics

Transit and delivery times for transport to Ireland

To satisfy you and meet all your requirements, reliability and speed are paramount at Seacon Logistics. That is why we work closely with a worldwide partner network and can plan, execute and organise your transport efficiently. 

It is also possible to send express shipments, we arrange this in collaboration with our network. Fast transport services and our in-house customs clearance ensure that your transport from Ireland arrives at your customer faster than usual. 

For daily updated information and reliable transport planning, please contact us directly. Our specialists are always ready to help you. 

Customs: the correct import and export documents

Our focus is always on the entire logistics chain. To serve you even better, our in-house customs department takes care of the necessary import and export documents and transport certificates. Our Compliance Desk checks whether your goods comply with all guidelines and sanction regulations at the place of destination. This way you will not be faced with unpleasant surprises and you can concentrate on your core business. Thanks to our status as Authorised Economic Operator (previously AEO-certified) and 'preferred supplier', we can minimise delays. An important advantage for you as a customer.

Want to know more about how we unburden you in terms of customs and customs declarations? 

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Incoterms®: Protect your international trade with Ireland

As a global logistics chain director, Seacon Logistics deals a lot with Incoterms®. Although we are not involved in the commercial agreements between buyer and seller, we are often consulted about the dangers and consequences of the various Incoterms® before a transaction is concluded. In practice, many companies still underestimate the risks.

To ensure that contractual formulas in the trade of goods are interpreted equally by buyer and seller, we have created a white paper and an infographic. 

View our Incoterms® page

Important additional information: Public holidays, driving bans and local details

After Brexit, Ireland, as an island state within the European Union, finds itself in a difficult position.With Northern Ireland no longer part of the EU, international freight transport has become a lot more difficult. You can read about how this affects you as a company and what other information is important in the overview below: 

  • Particulars Ireland: While Ireland remained part of the European Union after the Brexit, Northern Ireland is part of the United Kingdom and is therefore no longer an EU member. As a result, you will face more checks and customs duties.
  • Tolls: Unlike many other countries, there are no specific tolls for trucks. However, all drivers must pay a general user fee for journeys on many national roads.
  • Transport permits: For international transport, you will need an EU permit or CEMT permit, depending on the project. Also note the bilateral permits between Hungary and third countries.
  • Traffic rules: Besides driving on the left side of the road in the country, you can expect penalties for ignoring traffic rules.

If you have more detailed questions about the specifics or rules in Ireland, please feel free to contact our team. In a joint logistic analysis, we examine which aspects are relevant for your goods transport. 

The strength of Seacon: logistics at its heart since 1985

Since the establishment of Seacon Logistics, we have been building our organisation as a leading logistics chain director. Today, Seacon Logistics has over 700 employees at various strategic locations throughout Europe. Yet the origins of the family business can still be felt in our organisation. And that is precisely where our strength lies. Logistic services from the heart, that's what we are all about!

With a strong we-feeling, we take on logistical challenges and work together to serve you as our customer in the best possible way. With innovative and efficient solutions, we take your logistics to a new level. Transparent communication, personal approach and entrepreneurship are the basis of our customers' trust. 

Are you interested in a transport solution to a country other than Ireland? Then take a look at one of our many other partner countries: 

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Then please do not hesitate to contact us. We know the logistical challenges of our customers and have been optimising their logistics chains for decades. No distance is too far or challenge too great. Are you ready to take your logistics chain to the next level? Then be sure to get in touch with us.

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