The first direct container service in many years from Ireland to the USA has been announced by the Port of Cork and Independent Container Line (ICL).
The weekly service will commence on June 6, and ICL will sail every Saturday from the Port Of Cork, arriving on the East Coast of the USA ten days later.
The route is thought to offer Irish exporters the most reliable and fastest delivery times for their supply chains.
"The timing is perfect with the opening of our new €80 million Cork Container Terminal in Ringaskiddy on the horizon, and has the potential to grow cargo volumes from and to Ireland," CEO of the Port of Cork, Brendan Keating said.
"This is a fantastic strategic development for the Port of Cork as we look to develop Ringaskiddy as a modern logistics hub.”
CEO of ICL John Kirkland said: “Ireland is a market we have been keen to develop for a while and we sincerely hope the Irish trade support this commitment by ICL, to bring Ireland its first direct weekly service to the USA East Coast. We look forward to working with the Port of Cork with their exciting expansion plans”
ICL has been serving the North Atlantic trade for 35 years and is consistently named the most reliable carrier.
The new connectivity between Cork and the USA has been welcomed by Cork Chamber.
Thomas McHugh, Director of Public Affairs at Cork Chamber said: “It is very positive to see that connectivity with the USA has been enhanced today by Port of Cork and ICL. In the context of the current pandemic and the shifting sands of Brexit, the Port's ongoing investment in the €80 million Cork Container Terminal in Ringaskiddy is already proving visionary and purposeful. Best in class infrastructure and service builds confidence and attracts investment and there is every reason to be confident about the opportunity for Cork as Brexit continues to unfold.”