Ocean Freight Transportation to Ireland

The Republic of Ireland occupies about five-sixths of the island of Ireland, and ranks among the wealthiest countries in the world in terms of GDP per capita. Its capital is Dublin, which is also its largest city. About one-third of the country’s population of 4.6 million lives in Dublin, which is located in the eastern part of the island. As Ireland is an island nation, ocean freight transportation to Ireland is worth exploring.

Ireland has a modern knowledge economy that focuses on the high-tech and service industries. The country is dependent on investment, trade, and industry. The country features a low corporation tax, currently at a 12.5 percent standard rate. Ireland is a member of the European Union, and a founding member of the OECD and the Council of Europe.

In 2014 the Irish economy began to leave behind the effects of the global financial crisis, and grew by 4.8 percent that year. This makes Ireland the European Union’s fastest-growing economy. With Irish seaports handling the vast majority of Irish foreign trade (by volume), ocean freight transportation to Ireland makes sense.

Full Container (FCL) or Groupage (LCL)

When shipping a container to Ireland, you may either have exclusive use of a container or share one. Whether you require a full container load (FCL) or a less-than-container load (groupage, or LCL) will be determined by the volume of your shipment.

A 20-foot shipping container accommodates 10 standard pallets; a 40-foot container can take 22 standard pallets. A shipment of six standard pallets or more calls for a full container load (FCL).

Even if your shipment is small, if you are concerned that contact with other exporters’ goods may pose some risk of damage to your merchandise, you may want to choose FCL.

Otherwise, a shared container (LCL) can be a cost-efficient choice, as it requires you to pay only for the shipping space you need. iContainers can provide you with more information on rates and other important details.

Ocean Freight Routes to Ireland

  • Port of Cork
    Cork services the requirements of all six shipping modes-RORO, Lift-on Lift-off, dry and liquid bulk, break bulk, and cruise. The port has berthing facilities at Cork City, Tivoli, Cobh and Ringaskiddy. It is the key seaport in the south of Ireland.
  • Port of Dublin
    The port of Dublin handles almost 50 percent of the Irish Republic’s trade, and two-thirds of all containerized trade. Its main activity is freight handling, and a wide range of vessels visit the port daily. Dublin is the largest of the three base ports on the island of Ireland (the others being Belfast and Cork).

Air Freight Transportation to Ireland

Compared to ocean freight, air freight comes with some restrictions in terms of volume and weight; however, if your shipment is urgent or you are working with a tight deadline, it may be a better choice than ocean freight. We thus recommend that you consult the iContainers calculator to help you determine which option is right for you.