DHL hires hard Brexit support staff

Insuring against a ‘hard Brexit’ Deutsche Post DHL has hired hundreds of extra workers who can deal with the new customs procedures that could have to be in place after March 29.

If there is no deal agreed by the 29th March, new tariffs and goods clearance procedures may be introduced in dealings with the EU, which is the UK’s biggest trading partner.

John Pearson, chief executive of the DHL Express subsidiary, told Reuters his company “began hiring in earnest about three months ago” and had been recruiting about 50 new workers a week.

“These are people on the ground in the hubs. They are coming onto our payroll sitting in a hub facility probably processing customs paperwork to make sure that the goods are cleared quickly,” he said in an interview.

“We are recognising that if, in a no-deal scenario customs will be the be all and end all, then we don’t want to be caught short,” he said.

Pearson, who took up the job in January, did not specify how Brexit would directly impact the company’s business, but said “if there was a no deal suddenly announced on March 29 we would be more ready than anyone else.”

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