Freight Transport Association Ireland (FTAI) has greeted the announcement that a new national postcode will be implemented in the State by 2015.
The postcode system that will provide a unique seven character code to every letterbox was confirmed by Minister for Communications, Pat Rabbitte, earlier this week.
Ireland will be the first country in the world to have a public database of individual seven-character postcodes to be allocated to houses, apartments, offices and business addresses.
The new codes will help emergency, postal and other service providers to locate all households, and in addition the system offers consumer benefits including cheaper and better delivery services in urban and rural Ireland and in particular will help supermarket home deliveries. It should eliminate the problem of non-unique premises addresses, which affects up to 35% of Irish addresses.
Neil McDonnell, General Manager of FTA Ireland commented:
“FTA Ireland members will benefit greatly from this change which will make deliveries and collections more cost effective and improve the overall efficiency of the distribution of goods and services to industry and the general public.
“This new system will enable greater speed and efficiency of deliveries and freight operations overall, which could result in significant savings in time and money, to the benefit of businesses and customers alike.”
FTA Ireland looks forward to how the postcode system will be rolled out and made available to commercial users in the passenger, freight and logistics industry.
Mr McDonnell added:
“FTA Ireland will need to see how the practicalities of the system will affect business users, and hope that the commercial underpinnings of the system will make it affordable to even the smallest businesses and service providers.