Puppy power: Belfast company launches new dog detection service to revolutionize cargo screening process


A new free explosives detection dog service (FREDD) that will save local exporters time and money has been launched by Speedlink International Logistics in Belfast.

It is the only such service on the island of Ireland, and it is estimated that it will shorten the process of screening and shipping dense cargo by up to three days.

The FREDDs service operated by Speedlink International Logistics, which has been operating in the freight transport industry for over 30 years, offering a combination of air, sea and road transport, is approved and regulated by the UK Civil Aviation Authority.

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David Rogers, Director at Speedlink with General Manager Tony Budde and one of the dogs

David Rogers, Director of Speedlink International Logistics, said: “The vast majority of all goods leaving Northern Ireland require screening. However, a large tonnage of large and dense cargoes do not leave Northern Ireland on time because the check fails or simply cannot be checked.

“The shipments therefore have to be broken down and rebuilt requiring additional labor at an additional cost and the shipping process is then delayed by several days. The goods are then late, which has an impact on the entire supply chain.

“CAA estimates that FREDDs, which can screen approximately 100 tonnes of cargo per hour, achieve a 98% success rate, greatly reducing the likelihood of delays in shipping cargo. We are always looking for the fastest, most economical ways to move goods, and FREDDs take the most stressful and problematic part of the supply chain out of the way for our customers.

“Feedback has been very positive with demand from the north and south of Ireland, and we expect a further increase in the coming weeks as we enter the busiest quarter of the year.”

Speedlink International Logistics expects a new use of the new FREDDs service, which will lead to job creation. The service is already being used by local businesses, including AB Cargo.

Tony Budde, Managing Director of the company, explained: “Due to the large number of manufacturing and engineering companies in Northern Ireland, a high volume of dense cargo exits the region every day. When a container or a pallet cannot be screened, the ripple effect is troublesome. Besides delays and additional costs, it can lead to damage to goods, documents becoming obsolete, and ultimately a disrupted supply chain and unhappy customers.

“We’ve been using FREDDs on behalf of a number of clients over the past few weeks and it has really revolutionized the process. All shipments were checked in record time with a 100% success rate for the first time and therefore left Northern Ireland on time and at no unexpected cost.

“On occasion, we have already shipped items to various parts of Europe for FREDD screening, which can be even faster than if shipments had to be broken down for secondary screening in order to leave Northern Ireland. Therefore, having the service provided by a local company here on our doorstep is truly a change for us in terms of time and efficiency while reducing the overall carbon footprint of the goods.

In addition to the introduction of its new FREDDs service, Speedlink International Logistics has recently moved to Cargo Village at Belfast International Airport. Facilitating over 45,000 tonnes of cargo each year worth over £ 2.2bn to the local economy, Belfast International Airport is the third largest regional air cargo hub in the UK .

Brian Carlin, Commercial Director of Belfast International Airport, added: “As a major UK freight hub, it is a real pleasure to welcome Speedlink and FREDDs as a new Cargo partner. Town. Along with Speedlink’s existing business, the addition of these dogs will allow us to attract other businesses to Belfast International Airport and help speed up the cargo screening process.

For more information on Speedlink, please visit speedlink.fr or contact the team on +44 2890 691332.

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