HANNON opens new transport and storage hub in Arras, Northern France

After months of planning and preparation, we are delighted to announce that HANNON Transport has just opened our second French depot, strategically located in Arras, just 100km south east of Calais, offering seamless connections to major road networks across Europe, Calais & Dunkirk Ports, UK & Ireland.

Strategically located in close proximity to Calais and Dunkirk ports, our latest facility build offers a range of services and opportunities to broaden our logistics services portfolio and provides our customers with additional solutions to suit their requirements.

Combined with our fleet of over 300 trucks and trailers, and our in-house customs teams, the new 2,700sqm Chilled & Ambient Storage and Cross-Docking Hub is ideal for Irish & UK companies seeking to develop their business in France or northern Europe.

Part of our ambitious multi-site infrastructure programme planned for the next 18 months and continuing our long track record of reinvesting to continue to develop our people, equipment, facilities, and systems.

The new facilities and expanded teams that the new offices will house will help support our growth programme investment in our transport hubs, equipment, people and expertise to provide innovative, reliable and scalable temperature controlled logistics solutions.

More exciting projects across our locations across Ireland, Netherlands and France in the pipeline and due to start very soon… watch this space!!!

ARRAS Strategic Location

Strategic Location

  • 2,700m2 modern temperature-controlled storage serves as an ideal logistics hub for Full Load (FTL), Part Load (LTL), Groupage & cross-docking.
  • Strategically located in Arras, northern France offering seamless connections to major road networks across Europe, Calais & Dunkirk Ports, UK & Ireland.
ARRAS Modern Storage & Cross Docking

2,700sqm Modern Storage & Cross-Docking

  • 2,700m2 in total, the building has the option to be divided into 900m2 sections and is available for either sole or partial occupancy.
  • Cross-docking can be used for a variety of different product types, including food produce, fresh produce, perishable goods, high-turnover items, and time-sensitive shipments.
ARRAS Chilled & Ambient Storage

Chilled & Ambient

  • Sections available for Chilled & Ambient.
  • Offering exceptional cold storage, cross-docking, and tailored logistics services.
ARRAS Fully Configurable

Fully Configurable

  • Fully configurable offering the flexibility to customise layout according to specific customer operational needs.
  • Ability to adjust the size and configuration of storage areas, racking systems, shelving, and equipment placement.
ARRAS Full Load, LTL & Groupage

Groupage & Full Load Transport Solutions

  • The HANNON Group has the transport hubs, equipment, people and expertise to provide B.
  • HANNON has a fleet of over 300 trucks and 600 trailers serving Ireland, UK & Europe and its own transport hubs in Ireland, Netherlands & France.

Northern Ireland Transport Planning 

Our expert Northern Ireland Transport Planning Team performs a crucial core role day in and day out and is central to ensuring our service levels are consistently met for the collection, handling, transportation, security and delivery of customer consignments.

The team is responsible for core critical tasks that are essential for successful and seamless logistics operations.  Our highly experienced team has a long track record of delivering innovative, reliable, and scalable transport solutions.

We use our own drivers and equipment, have transport hubs in Ireland, Netherlands & France with dedicated in-house customs teams based in Netherlands and Northern Ireland.  We are BRCGS Global Standard for Storage and Distribution certified.

Our Transport Planning Team is responsible for the optimisation of our resources and ensuring service levels are met while minimising our costs to ensure we provide our customers with the most efficient and cost-effective transport solutions possible.  The team is responsible for:

  • 400+ HGV Drivers
  • 650,000+ job orders per year
  • 75,000+ IRL, GB & EU ferry crossings per year
  • 1,500+ customers across Europe


Coordinated Approach

The efficient and seamless transportation of customer consignments, particularly perishable fresh produce, requires a structured and well-coordinated approach from receiving customer orders to the final delivery.  This process involves multiple steps, all of which are overseen by our expert Transport Planning Team based in Northern Ireland.

Our Transport Planning Team is expert in ensuring our customers’ consignments are transported to the highest standards of timeliness, security and compliance.  Whether Groupage (LTL) or Full Load (FTL), our transport planning teams follow a well-oiled set of processes and procedures to ensure consignments reach their destination as required.


Receiving Job Orders

The transport planning team carefully reviews and processes job orders as they come in, taking into account the specific requirements and deadlines.  They analyse the volume and nature of the consignments to determine the appropriate resources, including drivers and equipment, needed for each job.

Route Planning

Once the orders are received and processed, the team moves on to planning the routes and ferry crossings.  The team consider factors such as distance, traffic conditions, and ferry schedules to devise the most efficient transportation routes.  By optimising the routes, they aim to minimise travel time and costs and ensure timely delivery of the consignments.  The team also coordinates with ferry operators to secure the necessary slots and ensure a smooth line-haul transition between road and sea transportation.

Vehicle & Resource Utilisation

After the routes and ferry crossings are planned, our Transport Planners assign drivers and equipment to each consignment.  They carefully match the skillset and availability of drivers with the specific requirements of the consignments.  The team also ensure that the appropriate equipment, such as trucks and appropriate refrigerated trailers, are assigned to maintain the desired temperature throughout the journey.

Customs Clearance

The transport planning team works closely with our in-house Customs Clearance Team to ensure all necessary paperwork is completed and submitted quickly and accurately.  This in-house collaboration ensures compliance with customs regulations and minimises the risk of delays or clearance issues and helping avoid costly mistakes.

Vehicle Tracking & Monitoring

To ensure timely pickups, the transport planning team tracks vehicles in real-time.  They use advanced tracking systems to monitor the location and progress of each vehicle.  By doing so, they can verify if the drivers are on schedule and make adjustments if necessary. If any unforeseen circumstances arise, such as traffic congestion or road closures, the team re-plans the routes in real-time to minimise disruptions and maintain delivery timelines.

Throughout the transportation process, the Transport Planning Team also tracks the consignments from start to finish.  They utilise real-time tracking technologies to monitor the movement and progress of each consignment, ensuring it remains on schedule.  This end-to-end tracking allows the team to promptly identify any potential issues or delays and take appropriate action to rectify any issues that may arise.

Our customers rely on our team’s expertise, and can trust that their fresh produce and other consignments will be transported efficiently and arrive at their destination securely in a timely manner.

HANNON Transport
Temperature Controlled Logistics
Ireland, UK & Europe

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Chilled & Frozen Logistics

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