DHL Express are the latest carrier to suspend road services into and out from the UK. This follows the news that DPD suspended European Road Services earlier today and is likely to apply to most couriers so check with your carrier before shipping.
DHL Express had already planned a temporary halt to services just before Christmas due to Brexit uncertainties, now with the ban on human handled freight by France leading to the Port of Dover and the Eurotunnel halting operations this has had to be pulled forward.
“As many of you will have heard on the news, due to fears about the spreading of the latest variant of coronavirus, travel links between the United Kingdom and several EU countries including France have been suspended. Ferry ports as well as the Eurotunnel service have been closed.
This has an immediate impact on our road services (DDI) between both the UK & the Republic of Ireland, and all other continental destinations.
As a consequence DHL Express unfortunately needs to suspend its road services (DDI) both into and out of the UK, with immediate effect and until further notice.
Although technically trucks can still enter the UK from mainland Europe, vehicles will be unable to return from the UK thereafter.
As all road material from the Republic of Ireland to mainland Europe transits the UK, we also need to suspend these services. However, the road services simply between the UK and the Republic of Ireland will continue.
Last week we communicated that our road services (DDI) would have been temporarily suspended as of 23 December from the EU to UK and as of 24 December from UK to EU, due to Customs regulations related to Brexit. However, the unexpected COVID-19 news makes this immediate DDI suspension necessary.
Please note that our Air Express product, Time Definite International (TDI), is available as currently despite the limitations placed on passenger aircraft, there are no impacts on cargo flights. This will be subject to continuous review, as the situation is fluid and authorities might impose tougher restrictions.
If you would like to convert road based DDI volumes to our Air Express product (TDI), please ensure you advise your account manager in order to make the right arrangements for your shipments, and to confirm terms and conditions where needed.
As we are expecting a surge in TDI volumes, and as total available capacity is limited, your account manager will be able to help to manage and control the expected volumes.
Please also note that there is a difference between what can be accepted as road based shipments (ADR regulations) and what is acceptable in our air Express network (IATA regulations) – for example the shipping of lithium batteries and dangerous goods, etc.
Please reach out to your DHL representative if you require additional information on any of the above. We will continue to monitor the situation closely and update you if anything changes.”
– DHL Express