DB Schenker restarts UK-Europe road services

By Damian Brett

DB Schenker will today restart road services between Europe and the UK after temporarily suspending them as companies adjusted to new paperwork procedures.

The company said it will begin accepting general cargo shipments to the UK from today.

However, DB Schenker emphasised the importance of making sure that documentation was in order and provided before shipments are accepted and picked up.

“DB Schenker informed customers that shipments to the UK will only be accepted and collected if the necessary minimum exporter and importer documents have been received and are correct,” it said.

The company has produced a document to give customers details on exactly what is required.

DB Schenker is not the only company to have suspended shipments between the UK and Europe as a result of new paperwork requirements after the UK left the European Union on January 1.

Parcel firm DPD and several retailers also put a hold on services, while the Loadstar reports that DHL Express also has suspended some services.

The suspensions partly contributed to Air Charter Service noting an increase in demand for flights between the UK and Europe.

Last week, DB Schenker announced that it would halt its cross channel services.

It said only around 10% of the customs documents submitted for consignments that DB Schenker has been commissioned to ship have been complete and free of errors.

“DB Schenker has been forced to put a temporarily hold on the acceptance of new consignments for shipment to the UK,” it said.

“DB Schenker expects shipping volumes to increase further in January. The Logistics services providers can only process consignments quickly if the share of correct and complete customs documents also increases significantly.

“Both shipper and consignees need to ensure that compliant documents are provided.”

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