Panalpina uses Mexico-US-UK-Luxembourg services for plan B Brexit
PANALPINA has established a Brexit task force and is using its Mexico-US-UK-Luxembourg freighter service to provide a contingency service to act as a backup for a no-deal Brexit
PANALPINA has established a Brexit task force and is using its Mexico-US-UK-Luxembourg freighter service to provide a contingency service to act as a backup for a no-deal Brexit.
The forwarder offers a freighter service that calls at Queretaro, Huntsville, Stansted and Luxembourg, which it said could help shippers looking to create contingencies amid concern that the UK's borders could turn into bottlenecks in the event that the United Kingdom leaves the European Union without a deal covering imports and exports, reported London's Air Cargo News.
'The flight can bring in any airworthy merchandise from the Americas directly into London and then take UK goods to Luxembourg, flying over the channel and avoiding coastal borders which will most likely represent the major bottlenecks for UK-EU trade,' the forwarder was cited as saying.
'UK-related supply chains will likely need re-engineering and Panalpina has set up a special task force to help our customers get the answers and individual solutions they need, regardless of Brexit outcome.'
It added: 'The uncertainties about Brexit make it challenging for any company that exports out of the UK or imports into it, to prepare adequately for the time after March 29, 2019.
'We are committed to supporting our customers and partners in whatever way necessary to ensure the best possible flow of goods and information in these extraordinary times.
'To this end Panalpina is also engaged in regular exchanges with the Freight Transport Association (FTA), the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry as well as government bodies.'
Queretaro was added to the company's freighter network last year and reflects its 'growth in aerospace and the continuous adaptation of the company's charter network to meet evolving market needs and customer demand in Mexico.'
'The addition of Queretaro to the Panalpina portfolio of destinations in Mexico has been very well received not only by its primary focus customers in the automotive and aerospace sectors in the Bajio region but also elsewhere in the country,' the forwarder said.
'One example is that of customers facing the rising costs and capacity restrictions caused by the exponential growth in flight operations at Mexico City international airport, which are affecting the efficiency of cargo operators.'
Air freight Mexico head Erico Boehme added: 'Queretaro is actually expanding its facilities for cargo and does not have any truck restrictions. It may become the ultimate alternative for large cargo aircraft in the Mexico City metropolitan area.'