Haulage Companies involved in the transportation of food are hoping maintain their record exports for 2012

Exports boost for haulage industry. I came across this article on Irish Trucker news website. It's nice to read some positive news for the haulage industry in Ireland.

2011 proved to be a record in the export of foods from this country as €8.85 billion worth of goods was shipped out of Ireland to foreign lands. Haulage companies involved in the food industry benefited from this at a time when badly needed, given the rising costs of diesel and insurance.

Irish food and drink exports grew by €1bn last year, reaching €8.85bn. That 12% surge followed 11% growth in 2010, with Irish beef sales growing at almost twice the European average. The top categories were dairy (€2.6bn), meat (€2.59bn), prepared foods (€1.5bn) and seafood (€420 million).

While global food prices soared last year, export volumes accounted for 25% of these Irish gains. While beef output is expected to fall by 3-4% and global food commodity prices are likely to soften in 2012, Ireland’s food and drink exporters believe they can, at the very least, retain the 25% gains of the last two years.

Mr Cotter said told the Irish Examiner: "The optimism among Irish food producers is justified. Ireland exports up to 90% of its food output, whereas most other European countries are primarily dependent on their domestic markets.

"The primary sectors of beef, milk and dairy account for about two thirds of overall exports. We also saw 12% growth in prepared foods, while seafood is up by 13%. Our surveys have shown that seven out of 10 exporters will roll out new products this year. These factors are all very encouraging."

 

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