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DFDS freight volumes rebound

[ July 29, 2021   //   ]

DFDS said its Cuxhaven-Immingham freight volume had increased 18% during the first half of 2021, following the Corona-related drop of 15% the first half of 2020.

It said unaccompanied transport was developing particularly strongly due mainly to the poor availability of drivers and equipment. New rules and formalities for foreign drivers in the UK, as well as constant changes to regulations due to the spread of the new COVID-19 variant, had had a big impact on the attractiveness for driver-accompanied transport.

Branch manager at DFDS in Cuxhaven, said: “The volume development proves that our customers appreciate the advantages of unaccompanied traffic and the fact that the customs procedures are working as planned. Adapting our timetable to six departures per week and direction, along with a shortened time between the ports was therefore the right decision.”

Route director, Ortolf Barth, commented: “Looking at the first half of 2021, we are even better off than we were before the Corona crisis in 2019. This is despite the continuing difficult market environment in the UK business, especially caused by the introduction of customs formalities since 1st January 2021 and the still ongoing pandemic. We can therefore be satisfied with the development in 2021 so far. With the current business potential, we are sure that we will be doing much better at the end of the year.”

(The next printed issue of FBJ (FBJ 6 2021) will include an interview with DFDS and the port of Cuxhaven)