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DB Schenker pauses UK deliveries

[ January 14, 2021   //   ]

DB Schenker , says it has been forced to put a temporarily hold on acceptance of new consignments for shipment to the UK, due to Brexit problems. It not accepting new UK-bound consignments, for the time being but that consignments that have already been accepted will be delivered as quickly as possible.
The forwarder said it had identified “significant problems” with new customs formalities that now apply as a result of Brexit with only around one in ten of customs documents complete and free of errors.

DB Schenker is mobilizing personnel for its Brexit Task Force established more than a year ago but it expects shipping volumes to increase further in January.

It said: “Logistics services providers can only process consignments quickly if the share of correct and complete customs documents also increases significantly…With the UK’s withdrawal from the EU, such documents now include a proof of origin, a compliant invoice…and a customs authorization document (power of attorney) to process the customs clearance. The importer also must issue a customs power of attorney and provide all customs-relevant information such as the commodity code.

It follows a similar move last week by parcel operator by DPD, which said that its service would remain paused pending a further update on Friday.