New shipping route from Dublin offers another option to exporters

Minister for European Affairs, Thomas Byrne has welcomed the announcement by Samskip of a new weekly direct shipping route between Dublin and Amsterdam starting from Monday, January 25.

“This new service is very welcome and will add to the other direct services to EU ports that have come on stream in recent months,” the minister said.

“It allows our exporters and importers to bypass customs and other checks which were brought about by Brexit and provides greater reach into EU markets in northern Netherlands, Germany and beyond.”

Launching next Monday, the fixed day service departs from the TMA Terminal Amsterdam on Monday evenings for arrival in Dublin on Wednesday and a weekend return to Amsterdam.

Additional route

This adds to the existing Rotterdam-Ireland shortsea services by offering rail, barge and road customers in the Netherlands a new Monday night departure to Ireland.

According to the Department of Foreign Affairs, fixed day container services to and from Amsterdam provide the certainty on which supply chain managers serving the Dutch and German markets can base business growth.

Subject to initial moves, Samskip would consider calls to connect other ports in Ireland to Amsterdam direct.

“New services like this are of great benefit to businesses and consumers and allow for our full participation in the EU single market,” Minister Byrne said.