Nolan Transport Playing a Key Role in the Export of Irish Seafood

Irish Seafood Exports

Ireland's seafood industry has the potential to achieve €1 billion in sales by 2020, according to a BIM conference organised in March this year, entitled "Irish Seafood - Becoming a Global Player".

The Irish seafood sector is currently worth €822 million to the economy, employs approximately 11,000 people and is showing phenomenal growth on the export market with sales up 18% on 2011 to €493 million in 2012. 67% of seafood exports are to Europe with France being the largest market, followed by the UK, Spain, Germany and Italy. (BIM,

The South East

The South East has a long tradition of fishing for European markets. Kilmore Quay is one of the main fishing ports in the country and Rosslare Europort provides direct access to UK and mainland Europe markets. It is, therefore, an ideal location for the many seafood processing companies located in the region. The sector is strong and local seafood companies have experienced steady growth in recent years.

Transportation of Seafood to Europe

An important factor in the success of Wexford seafood exports is the speed at which produce can be delivered to European markets. It is possible for produce landed in County Wexford on a certain day to be delivered in France the following day. Nolan Transport provides temperature controlled trailers for its customers in the seafood industry, allowing both fresh and frozen produce to be delivered in perfect condition. Our trailers carry many kinds of seafood. However, it is mostly shellfish such as mussels, oysters, prawns, scallops, crabs, lobster, prawns, and winkles that are transported two to three times per week.

There are a few different routes to European markets. Sometimes loads are shipped from Rosslare to Pembroke, make the UK land bridge, then shipped from Dover to Calais and dropped at Boulogne-sur-Mer, France for onward distribution in France. Or, they can be brought to the Rungis market near Paris, said to be the world's largest wholesale market for fresh produce. Another route sees shipment from Rosslare to Cherbourg for distribution in the regions of Brittany, Normandy, Poitou Charentes, Aquitaine and the Vendée. It takes one to two days from collection to delivery in France. Loads are also transported to locations in Italy and Spain. Customers can view the status of their jobs at any time on the Nolan Transport Customer Portal. In addition, there is 24 hour monitoring of the trailer temperature with an option to view the temperature on the portal.

Thanks to our temperature controlled units, reliable service and on-time deliveries, Nolan Transport will continue to play an important role in the export of local, high quality seafood to European markets. Let's hope that the sector keeps growing and growing!

- Catherine and Andrzej, June 2013


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