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Our Team

We’re a growing team of logistics experts for temperature controlled products delivering to and from Ireland, the UK and Europe. We have hard-learned expertise in cold chain logistics, taking the heavy lifting from our customers.

Our team deftly manages cross-border obstacles and finds solutions to ensure every shipment reaches its final destination in tip top condition, ready to hit the shelves.

We are proud of our talented people here at Southgate and have built the business around family and team. Our company’s culture and values are at the core of what we do and we take great care in the hiring process ensuring this important business element is maintained so we can continue doing great work for our customers.

As a family-run business, we take pride in our work and devotion to providing our customers with the best possible service.

We’re proud to combine the robust capabilities of a major logistics company with the care and consideration of a family run business.

Meet Our Business Leaders

John Buckley

MD UK Logistics

Founded by John in 1992, Southgate is a company that has earned unparalleled loyalty with its long-lasting customer base. Over the course of decades, 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. John is proud to now work alongside his two sons Kevin and Shane, as they introduce new service divisions to ensure customers can relax knowing that Southgate has every aspect of their product’s journey under control.

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Kevin Buckley

MD Customs Clearance, IE, UK, EU

Kevin has many years of experience working in Southgate and has touched off many areas of the business from warehousing to accounts and transport. Growing up around the business has allowed him to learn from experienced team members within the company as well as introducing new initiatives as the industry has changed over the years. Kevin has a business degree from DCU, an MBA from Trinity College Dublin and a Diploma in Customs clearance procedures and has specialised in the area of customs since the introduction of border controls between the EU/UK in 2020. Kevin has recently worked with different government bodies such as DAFM and DEFRA in informing policy around groupage and the transport of SPS goods to and from the Irish and UK customs union.

Shane Buckley

MD European Logistics

After an 11 year professional rugby career in Ireland and the UK Shane began to work full time with Southgate. Over the years, Shane has taken the time to understand all areas of the business, working in product delivery, transport planning and customer service. In recent years Shane co-founded the subsidiary EU branch of Southgate, overseeing operations and delivering consignments throughout the European continent & beyond. Shane has a business degree from the University of Limerick.

What our clients say about us

“Southgate provides reliable, efficient & helpful service shipping to our customers in the UK. They have provided customs clearance support and guidance to ensure that our shipments reach our customers without any issues or delays. We would highly recommend Southgate for your distribution needs.”

Catriona Doyle, Cooleeney Farm