DHL has hired hundreds of workers to help manage new customs procedures following Brexit, which is expected to arrive on March 29th.
After this date, all companies involved with international shipping may have to deal with new tariffs and clearance protocols if no deal is reached.
According to John Pearson, CEO of DHL Express, the company began recruiting three months ago, hiring around 50 workers a week, to make sure it doesn’t get caught out.
“These are people on the ground in the hubs,” he told Reuters. “They are coming onto our payroll sitting in a hub facility probably processing customs paperwork to make sure that the goods are cleared quickly.”
Deutsche Post DHL Group CEO Frank Appel announced last month that DHL had started to execute plans for a no-deal Brexit. He also said that UK ministers had not been in touch to help with preparedness.
While acknowledging the potential for short-term profits in the immediate chaos of Brexit, Appel warned that the outcome for the company would be negative in the long term.
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