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Our Story

Built from the ground up over 30 years, Southgate has become one of Ireland’s leading logistics companies, responsible for thousands of successful deliveries every month. With decades of experience in agri-food, we have a deep understanding of what’s required to deliver valuable perishable goods safely.

We know international temperature-controlled logistics like the back of our hand.

Over the years, we have become skilled problem solvers and innovators with unrivalled flexibility and adaptability, dedicated to providing every solution the industry needs — all from one expert hub.

Decades of experience

Founded by John in 1992, Southgate is a company that has earned unparalleled loyalty with its long-lasting customer base. Over the years, Southgate has built a brand with incredible depth. John has experience in every angle of the supply chain from managing the family dairy farm, to his early career working in the local meat factory, he knows intimately what customers need. John has hard-learned expertise in logistics, his experience has helped Southgate Pivot during unexpected obstacles throughout the years turning Southgate into what it is today, one of Ireland’s leading logistic companies.

We are trusted by some of Ireland’s largest food exporters and importers

We are confident that every load is safe, every document compliant and every delivery on time. That’s the Southgate legacy — and the Southgate promise.

A family legacy

The Company has grown substantially over the thirty years, with an expanding team of trained transport and customs professionals and in recent years the addition of new divisions managed by John’s sons Kevin & Shane who are now at the helm as Southgate grows and thrives.

Our end-to-end service ensures your goods are collected, clear customs, and travel safely to their designation, arriving in perfect condition.

Partnering with you

We work with everyone from independent farmers to global food producers, manufacturers and distributors.

We’re proud to combine the robust capabilities of a major logistics company with the care and consideration of a family run business. For us, customer service has been a way of life for decades. At Southgate, every client is valued, every load is precious and every delivery a personal promise.

Our Values

Our values are what we believe in, and they underpin everything we do.

Honesty is at the core of what we do. Over 30 years, we have built trust with our customers that can only be maintained through honesty and communication. We take responsibility for our service and stand over every facet of what we do.

Our philosophy right from the start was to build our service around our customers, not just as a patron but as a partner. Customer needs and demands change over time, and we change with them. Flexibility and innovation allow us to consistently maintain the best service possible to meet ever-changing market demands.

The supply chain is a complex process. We provide a solution that will always make the customer’s experience as simple as possible. We navigate the complexities around every area of the supply chain process and find the most suitable solution, bespoke to each customer. Whether you are a large multinational or SME, we are always ready to help simplify the entire process.

As a family-run business, we take pride in our work and devotion to providing our customers with the best possible service. We have built our business around family and team. The values instilled throughout our company allow our employees and team members to carry the family aspect of our business forward and provide longevity to the business and our customers.

Our organisation, efficiency, and dedication to our service ensure that you, as a Southgate customer, are assured of the highest quality service. We constantly innovate and review processes to maintain quality in all business areas.


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What our clients say about us

“We have been working with Southgate Transport for over 15 years now and find the service they provide second to none in what is a very difficult sector. From collection times to scheduled deliveries and customs clearance they provide us with a service that we feel we can 100% rely on, and any queries we have are answered very promptly by the team at Southgate who are always available on the other end of the phone. As business partners go, I could not recommend Southgate highly enough. They never let me down.”

Eoin McNamara, Moyvalley Meats