DB Schenker is temporarily no longer accepting UK shipments, it said in a message on Wednesday. Shipments that have already been posted would continue to be delivered as quickly as possible. The logistics company is currently observing significant problems in dealing with the customs formalities in goods traffic between the European Union and the United Kingdom (UK) since Brexit, it said.
Only around ten percent of the shipments commissioned from DB Schenker have complete and correct papers. On the other hand, there would be deficiencies in the documents for the majority of the shipments.
The logistician therefore appeals to all senders and recipients in freight traffic between the EU and UK to use the available information and to carefully comply with the new customs formalities in their own interest. Even an exemption from customs duties for many goods manufactured in the EU would not mean an exemption from the obligation to submit complete customs papers.
The company’s employees who have been specially trained for Brexit are able to support customers around the clock in completing the necessary customs papers. Nevertheless, every improperly documented shipment delays the delivery of complete loads. Shipments that are not fully declared cannot be delivered on site.
In order to cope with the increased workload, the Brexit Task Force, which has been in existence for more than a year, is mobilizing additional forces for the subsequent preparation of customs documents. Nevertheless, the acceptance of new consignments to the UK must be temporarily suspended.
Overall, the company expects a further increase in shipment volume in January. Logistics service providers can only process this quickly if the proportion of shipments with complete papers increases significantly. Both the sender and the recipient are obliged to provide compliant documents. Since Brexit, this has included, for example, proof of the place of manufacture of the shipped goods, a customs-compliant invoice and the customs authorization of the freight company, according to DB Schenker.
At the same time, the importer must, among other things, issue a customs authorization and provide the necessary customs-related information. With the latter in particular, we recommend a close exchange between sender and receiver.