Irish Amazon customers to bypass Brexit barriers as it plans local fulfilment centre

Irish customers of Amazon look set to get many of their orders delivered even faster after the web retail giant moved closer to opening its first Irish fulfilment centre at a business park in Baldonnell, west of Dublin, according to a report from Bloomberg.

The newswire reported on Thursday that Amazon is on the verge of taking a 650,000sq ft unit at the Mountpark logistics centre in Baldonnell. It already operates a delivery warehouse in Rathcoole for Amazon Prime customers, which opened last year. But the Baldonnell deal would be its first proper order fulfilment centre where products are picked and packaged by Amazon staff.

Currently, much of Amazon’s orders for Irish customers are fulfilled in the UK before being shipped to Ireland where they are delivered by An Post. Amazon Prime deliveries from the Rathcoole warehouse, meanwhile, are delivered on behalf of the web giant by Zeus Logistics.

The Mountpark/Baldonnell deal, which property industry observers have said is the largest deal of its type in the Irish market, would allow Amazon to bypass the UK and avoid any delays or extra charges due to Brexit trading arrangements.

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