About us


Our History

Emerald Freight Express was established in 1981 and has grown to be Ireland’s premier independent Freight Forwarder, operating a full range of multi modal transportation and 3PL Services.

2019 marks our 38th year in business and our success is achieved with a special focus on customer care and a traditional “Hands On” style of management, which continues to meet our customers’ service demands on a daily basis.

Our Customer Service Team at Emerald are inspired and passionate to serve our clients and overseas Agents.

We aspire to achieve “best in class” status with our customers and overseas agents. We pride ourselves on Irish friendship and a faithful tradition to deliver a quality service around the clock. In truth, it’s our people and our passion to make things happen that sets us apart from our competitors, and we never lose sight of this reality.

Emerald Freight Express continues to invest in our IT capability to ensure that we’re at the cutting edge of new technology in order to advance the management of our operating systems and to enhance the quality of service to our customers and overseas Agents.

We can meet any challenge to attain the benchmark and KPIs as dictated by our clients, this is assured by a Service Level Agreement (SLA) and a Quarterly Business Review (QBR) at our clients’ discretion.


Emerald Freight was established

The company was established in 1981 by Owen O'Brien & Tom Freeney.


Achieved IATA license


Purchased Santry Hall Terminal

Emerald Freight Express moved from Church Road Santry into Santry Hall Industrial Estate.


Secured EU Road haulage License


Member of WCA Gold Medallion Financial Protection

WCA gave Emerald a Global reach with expert partners.


Certified as Approved Forwarder under EU Air Cargo Security Regulations

Air Freight Security became extremely critical so it was important that Emerald received this certification.


Our CEO elected president of the Irish International Freight Association (IIFA)

Mr Owen O'Brien becomes the President of the Irish International Freight Association, Owen is a well known expert in the Irish Freight Industry.


AEO Certification

AEO status is a certified standard issued by customs administrations in the EU. It certifies that a business has met certain standards in relation to their security, management systems, compliance with customs rules and ongoing solvency


GDP Passport Certification

Good Distribution Practice (GDP) Passport plays a key role in assuring quality of the supply chain and distribution of pharmaceutical and medical devices

March 2017

We joined the JC Trans Network

September 2017

Retirement of Owen O’Brien

September 2017

Management Buy Out

March 2019

March 2019 – Emerald purchased our new DAF truck