Freight Carrying In Clare & Midwest Now Above Pre-Pandemic Levels

The amount of freight being transported from Clare and surrounding areas is now above pre-pandemic levels.

New CSO data shows more than 4,000 tonnes of cargo was carried from the Midwest in the first three months of this year.

The 4,096 tonnes of freight that originated from the Midwest region in the first quarter of 2021 was a near 25 percent jump on the final three months of 2020.


It’s also around 4 and a half percent higher than the same period in 2019, signalling a return and even an improvement on pre-pandemic activity throughout the industry.

The situation in this region bucks the national trend somewhat, which has seen a drop of around 6 percent in the amount of goods transported on previous years.

Activity measured as weight by distance was also 33 percent higher here than in 2020’s first quarter and was higher than 2019 output.

This again contrasts nationwide figures which suggested a marginal fall in the same metric.

A total of 34.3 million tonnes of goods were transported in Ireland by road in the first three months of 2021.