DB Schenker, a German logistics group, has been forced to suspend its UK deliveries as red tape imposed by Brexit continues to prove problematic for firms operating across the border.
The group revealed that only 10% of its shipments bound for Britain had the correct paperwork attached, resulting in an indefinite pause to its UK operations.
In a note issued to customers that was seen by the Financial Times, DB Schenker blamed the “enormous bureaucratic regulations” created by post-Brexit trading agreements that have left recipients unable to manage shipments in a “legally compliant manner”.
The situation follows last week’s news that DPD, the international delivery company, suspended its deliveries from the UK to the EU when facing similar difficulties regarding incorrect paperwork information.
The post-Brexit logistics challenges have received increasing government attention, as shown by a document sent to industry by Defra, the UK’s agriculture ministry, that warned of “the potential for further disruption” and the need for an expedited return scheme for supermarket hauliers.
The document, as reported by the Financial Times, said: “Given the potential for border delays to impact supply chains over the next few weeks, we are proposing an emergency contingency measure . . . to expedite the return of empty food lorries from the UK to the EU where they can be restocked with supplies.”
If enacted, the scheme will enable 300 trucks a day to jump the queues at Dover and Folkestone as part of a wider government initiative to reduce the impacts of border disruption on the flow of necessary goods.