DPD pauses deliveries from UK to Ireland due to Brexit
If you’re expecting a package to be delivered from the UK, you may have to wait a little longer.
Parcel delivery company DPD has said that it is pausing its delivery services from the UK to all European countries, including the Republic of Ireland, due to difficulties posed by Brexit.
In a statement, DPD said that the pause in its operation “will be as short as possible” and intends to resume delivery services to European countries next Wednesday (13 January). An update will be issued next Tuesday.
DPD said that while the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement in the recent Brexit deal was “very welcome”, there have still been “significant changes” in the way the company delivers parcels internationally.
According to DPD, up to one in five parcels have incorrect or incomplete data attached and will have to be returned to customers so that the required data can be provided.
As well as that, delays and congestions at UK ports and more rigid more requirements for channel crossings have contributed to the need to pause international deliveries.
“It's been a challenging few days for our international operation and our teams have been working round the clock to process your data for parcels bound for Europe and the Republic of Ireland,” the DPD statement read.
“It has now become evident that we have an increased burden with the new, more complex processes, and additional customs data we require from you for your parcels destined to Europe. This has placed extra pressure on our turnaround and transit times.”
“In view of this unprecedented set of circumstances we believe that it is only right to pause and review our road service into Europe, including the Republic of Ireland,” the statement adds.
“We will use this short pause to validate the data we have in our system, reduce the delay and give you the opportunity to give us the correct data we need in order that we can export, from next week, successfully.”
More information on the impact of Brexit on DPD services can be found here.