May Day Bank Holiday Consignments to Garden Centres in Full Swing
The May Bank Holiday is traditionally when thoughts turn to getting gardens into shape in the hope of enjoying longer summer evenings in the garden.
When enthusiastic gardeners visit their local garden centres and nurseries this weekend they most likely have little knowledge of the complex supply chain their purchases will have set in motion months in advance.
For our Horticultural Transport Teams, today (Friday before May Day Bank Holiday) is our busiest day of the year.
Our specialist transport teams based in Netherlands, Dublin and Northern Ireland will have handled thousands of loads and consignments transporting tens of thousands of pallets and trollies laden with seedlings, potted plants, bedding plants, balcony plants a huge variety of bulbs and flowers for planting.
Our last mile delivery teams are now out across every corner of Ireland delivering direct to local garden centres and nurseries to ensure that the plants, shrubs and flowers that Irish gardeners will buy over the next two to three days are delivered just-in-time (JIT) today in top condition ready for planting over the bank holiday weekend.
Complex Supply Chain
The complex supply chain required to handle the increased business from garden centres and nurseries and meet the anticipated surge in end customer demand over the May Day Bank Holiday Weekend will have been set in motion months in advance.
Growers, wholesalers and logistics partners all work seamlessly together
to ensure horticultural products arrive in top condition today
to local garden centres and nurseries across Ireland.
Today marks the culmination of weeks of work and planning across our Horticultural Transport Teams in Holland and Ireland.
Logistics and transport has a lot of moving parts – quite literally. To ensure efficient and effective just-in-time (JIT) delivery, our Horticulture Transport & Planning Teams have needed to meticulously resource plan a wide range of tasks that takes expert knowledge and experience.
- Load Planning
- Route Planning & Optimisation
- Ferry Bookings
- Driver Management
- Vehicle Capacity & Utilisation Optimisation
- Cross-Docking Optimisation
- Last-Mile Delivery
- Real-time Monitoring & Vehicle Tracking
- Maintaining High Level of Customer Service
Additionally, post-BREXIT (particularly UK landbridge) additional regulations and customs procedures are now in place. Our in-house Customs Clearance Teams in Holland and Ireland have worked seamlessly with our Transport Teams to ensure products have continued to move across borders without delays.
Dutch growers produce around €7 billion euros worth of flowers and plants every year. In Spring, Irish consumers thoughts also turn to their gardens and we see demand surge for transport from Holland to Ireland for horticultural products such as bulbs, live plants, foliage, etc.
Holland is the primary origin of horticultural products and flower exports with the UK & Ireland being one of the main destinations. According to the International Trade Centre trade map, the Netherlands total fresh cut flower and horticultural exports in 2021 was valued at £6.7 billion.
We are specialists in providing a daily import, distribution and delivery service to the Horticultural sector. We have been transporting horticultural products and fresh cut flowers to Ireland for over 30 years and each year the volume of consignments we have carried to Ireland has increased.
Fast & reliable logistics links with Ireland
The quality and reliability of Dutch horticultural and fresh cut flower production together with its proximity in terms of logistics make it the ideal location for UK and Ireland wholesalers, garden centres, nurseries and supermarkets to meet peaks in demand and off-seasons at home.
Irish horticultural importers are comfortable post-Brexit using a responsive mix of direct ferry and UK landbridge routes with an expectation that transport providers provide integrated customs clearance solutions to dynamically ensure exports move cross-border without delays.
HANNON Transport – Temperature Controlled Logistics – Ireland, UK & Europe
Our highly trained teams operate from bases in Northern Ireland, Rotterdam, Dublin & Paris. Specialising in deliveries of time-sensitive fresh produce within a fully traceable company-owned network.
We offer the Irish temperature controlled horticultural sectors daily full load (FTL) services with our refrigerated fleet covering all of mainland Europe. Groupage (LTL) service also available from as little as 1 pallet.
Benelux & northern France to Ireland
HANNON Transport can offer a reliable and cost-effective route for horticultural importers and wholesalers doing business with suppliers in Netherlands.
Our highly experienced team has a long track record of delivering innovative, reliable, and scalable transport solutions. Whether it’s one pallet, a full load or a multi-load consignment we have the people and resources that can deliver for you.
Typically, we can collect your consignment from your supplier in the Netherlands by 2pm Day 1 and have it delivered to your premises in Ireland for Day 3.
Our fully in-house Customs Administration Team provide complete customs administration solutions to ensure products move cross-border without delays.
Temperature Controlled Logistics
Ireland, UK & Europe
Get in touch to find out more about our daily refrigerated services providing transport and customs for consignments of horticultural products between Netherlands and Ireland…