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Cork cargo link shaves week off US supply chain

Irish pharma, drinks and dairy sail directly to Philadelphia in 10 days

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Fast delivery: Dawn breaks over a section of the new Port of Cork container terminal at Ringaskiddy, Co Cork. Photo: David Creedon / Anzenberger

Fast delivery: Dawn breaks over a section of the new Port of Cork container terminal at Ringaskiddy, Co Cork. Photo: David Creedon / Anzenberger

David Creedon

Fast delivery: Dawn breaks over a section of the new Port of Cork container terminal at Ringaskiddy, Co Cork. Photo: David Creedon / Anzenberger

Exports of pharmaceuticals, dairy goods and drinks are reaching American markets at record speed by sea since the launch of Ireland's first direct shipping cargo link to the US.

John Kirkland, managing director of Independent Container Line (ICL), confirmed it is winning business from other routes since launching its weekly service from the deep-sea terminal at Ringaskiddy, Co Cork, bound for the US port of Chester, south-west of Philadelphia.

It is the first direct container service to the US from Ireland.