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EU-EIP Project Moves to Second Phase

Following the successful completion of the initial project focussed on the development of a European ITS Platform for freight traffic operating within the East-West Corridor, a second phase was launched on 14th November. Within the first phase the IEA, working on behalf of Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII), took responsibility for guiding the development of an on-line multimodal freight route planner. This planner, which can be accessed at: currently is very much focussed on routes including Road, Rail, Lo-Lo Shipping and barge transport for the door to door transport of freight in containers, will be expanded to take into account routes involving shipment in trailers shipped on board R-Ro services.

The definition of the Corridor has been expanded to more actively include freight moving to and from the Baltic States. This aspect of the work, which involves study of routes and customs controls involved in traffic moving into and out of third countries promises to be a very useful contribution to our sum of knowledge in our Brexit discussions on controls that might affect traffic to and through the UK.

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Ireland’s Maritime Sector is Key Driver of Economic Growth

As a maritime nation and as an economy, we are heavily dependent on seaborne transport, which facilitates international trade and is an indispensable part of a supply chain that links Irish industry to world markets. Our ports and maritime services also support Ireland’s tourism industry by providing ferry services to and from ports in the UK and Continental Europe. In meeting the needs of trade and tourism, the maritime industry has shown itself to be flexible and resilient and has demonstrated the ability to respond appropriately to growth and contraction in the Irish economy.

A recent report by the Socio-Economic Marine Research Unit (SEMRU) of NUI Galway shows that Ireland’s marine economy is outperforming Ireland's general economy, with the shipping and maritime services sector, comprising Irish sea-based transport operations for freight and passenger transport, as well as associated services, playing a key role in driving growth.

In 2016, Ireland’s marine economy had a turnover of €5.7 billion, 37% of which is attributable to the shipping and maritime services sector. The direct economic value of Ireland’s marine economy was €1.8 billion in 2016, or approximately 0.9% of gross domestic product (GDP), which represents an increase of 20% on 2014.

This positive trend is also reflected in a report released earlier this year by the Irish Maritime Development Office (IMDO), the Irish Maritime Transport Economist, which records a 2% increase in total port traffic in 2016, reaching the highest level of throughput achieved since 2007. Statistics for 2017 show continued growth, with shipping and port activity in the Republic of Ireland rising by 7% in the first quarter of 2017 when compared to the corresponding period of 2016. It is clear that our maritime sector can respond to the needs of our growing economy, and indeed has a vital role to play in supporting the development of our national economy for decades to come.

We are delighted to be involved with the Export Industry Awards as sponsor of the Maritime Services Company of the Year category again this year, and we strongly encourage those involved in the maritime industry to put themselves forward to receive recognition for the significant role that they play in the growth and development of the export industry in Ireland, which contributes directly to the wider growth of Ireland’s economy.

Liam Lacey, Director, Irish Maritime Development Office

The Export Industry Awards recognise the remarkable achievements of companies working in the export industry.

For more information and to apply visit There is no application fee and companies are welcome to enter more than one category.

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Intermodal Freight Route Planner evaluation completes Mid-June

The IEA has played an active role in the EU-EIP Intelligent Transport Services project which completes its work in June 2017. While much of the project has focussed on the development of as close to seamless as possible road freight routes across an East-West corridor, the IEA’s specific input has been the development of an intermodal route planner. This planner is intended to inform freight Forwarders, hauliers and cargo shippers of the current range of origin/destination routes built on the use of container and other intermodal equipment using mainly a combination of modes other than road, specifically, sea, rail and barge.

Unlike a number of similar route planners introduced by certain ports and Lines in recent months the EU project’s planner is totally port and service neutral.

We would now ask you to test this intermodal route planner and give your feedback!

The Planner provides an overview of (almost) all intermodal freight connections on the East West Corridor, running from Ireland/UK via Benelux, Germany and Poland to the Baltic States. The planner can be found on We would like to receive feedback on this intermodal route planner, to hear whether it is useful, easy to navigate, complete, etc. The questionnaire with only 7 questions can be found here:

While this project started long before BREXIT was even thought about its relevance has been greatly enhanced by this development and the need for exporters and importers to re-examine their traditional routes with partners in continental Europe.

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Stakeholders to Comment on Electronic Documents for Freight


21st May 2017, the European Commission (EC) following the recommendations of the Digital Transport and Logistics Forum (DTLF) published Inception Impact Assessment report on electronic transport documents for freight carriage and is asking stakeholders for their feedback.

 DTLF is an initiative taken by the European Commission (EC) to bring relevant stakeholders together. ESC being one of the leading members of this forum worked together with some 100 other representative parties to prepare recommendations on the use of electronic transport documents.

Being based on the DTLF contribution, the EC report provides a preliminary overview of the problem, possible policy measures and expected impacts. The document is open for feedback for 4 weeks as from the 21st of May 2017. All stakeholders can provide their comments. We encourage IEA members and all the relevant stakeholders to provide your feedback following the link:

After this period, the Commission will start its impact assessment process. The process will be concluded in spring 2018, with a series of open public and targeted stakeholder consultations conducted in between to get the stakeholders’ views on the different aspects.

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