Freight Volumes back to pre-Brexit and pre-Covid levels

Freight volumes passing through the Toga Freight transit warehouse in South Dublin in the first half of 2022 are now higher than they were in 2019 and 2020 for the same periods.

Whilst the GB to IE traffic is still below pre-pandemic/Brexit levels, the boost in imports from the rest of the EU have increased exponentially in comparison. This increase in volume has come mainly from France (up 100%), Spain (up 58%), Germany (up 45%) and Holland (up 40%), although the whole of Europe has shown increases.

The main attractions for Irish buyers of course is to avoid the GB to IE customs controls and duty liabilities when buying EU manufactured goods from GB based distributors, but also the transit times between the European hubs and Dublin has shortened as additional ferry routes were introduced following Brexit. TOGA now offer reliable 3 day door to door services from large parts of Europe into Ireland for groupage and part load traffic.

A typical week will now see around 100 groupage trailers arriving from GB and around 75 groupage trailers and containers from Europe. We run driver accompanied services from one German partner and from our Alicante consolidation centre twice weekly. We depart twice weekly from our Lille hub from where we load 10 groupage containers weekly and we depart on Tuesday’s and Friday’s from our Rotterdam hub, where we consolidate our Northern European and Scandinavian cargo. We still operate one driver accompanied “round-trip” trailer to Switzerland, where volumes have remained roughly static over the last 3 years.

2022 has seen an increase in new business for TOGA from GB also, as the chaos of  early 2021 fades into distant memory and logistics settles back to the new normal of post-Brexit trading. TOGA is in a unique position of being able to offer fast customs clearance processes, thanks to our very experienced staff and unique software systems, so this encourages freight shippers to approach us with a view to allowing us to manage the complete process. With a few exceptions, there are now few delays between GB and Ireland and the standard offering of next day delivery is as reliable now as it was in 2019.