DB Schenker suspends UK deliveries because of Brexit red tape
GERMAN logistics giant DB Schenker, a unit of state-owned Deutsche Bahn AG, suspended deliveries to Britain due to Brexit red tape, reports Bloomberg News
18 January 2021 - 19:00
The company said only 10 per cent of goods it commissioned to ship were accompanied with accurate customs forms.
The decision comes as the latest example of disruption following the UK's exit from the EU's single market and customs union.
Previously, trouble with clearing customs was a significant Brexit issue, with some companies facing delays to move goods. Today, deliveries into the EU from Britain now require customs declarations.
'If DB Schenker is struggling with incorrect or incomplete paperwork, what hope is there for small and medium-sized logistics firms?' said Brexit trade adviser Richard Bartlett.
'Our sector has been warning for months that customs processes at the border are out of date and too opaque,' said Mr Bartlett.
The company has 76,000 employees throughout 2,100 locations and has forced a temporary hold on accepting new consignments for shipment.
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