DB Schenker aligns with DPD and stops shipments over Brexit challenges

Company has not clarified when the suspension will be lifted


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DB Schenker has temporarily suspended deliveries to Britain from the EU because of the bureaucratic challenges to supply chains as a result of Brexit. The Company is facing considerable problems in customs formalities in the movement of goods from the EU to the UK. However, there were no problems with packages coming from the UK to Europe.

The 3PL said the suspension stemmed from the lack of properly filled paperwork on deliveries. It did not say when the suspension would be lifted.

According to the Company, only around 10.0% of the deliveries assigned to DB Schenker are accompanied by complete and correct paperwork. DB Schenker handles around half a million shipments from continental Europe to the UK every year.

Whilst it has staff specially trained to deal with Brexit issues, it warned that every shipment that is not properly documented delays the delivery of entire loads and shipments that are not fully declared cannot be delivered.

Schenker expects a further increase in the volume of shipments in January, but will only be able to process these quickly if the proportion of deliveries with complete paperwork increases significantly. It stated that both the sender and the recipient have a duty to provide compliant documents for this purpose.

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The Company’s actions are in line with those at DPD, who has already reported that it was suspending deliveries from Britain to EU countries for a few days, as it adjusts to the new, more complex procedures. The Company had to manually process thousands of parcels returned to sender due to missing customs data, estimating that around 20.0% of all parcels had been returned.


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