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Freight Firms Turn to Planes as No-Deal Fears Trigger Truck Jams

  • DB Schenker, DSV shift to air cargo ahead of Brexit split
  • Congestion, container shortages ‘only going to get worse’
Haulage trucks at the check in for the channel tunnel in Folkestone, U.K.
Haulage trucks at the check in for the channel tunnel in Folkestone, U.K.Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Logistics companies including DB Schenker and DSV Panalpina A/S have begun chartering planes to keep U.K. factories supplied with components and avoid snarls in road and sea transport caused by Brexit.

DB Schenker, owned by rail giant Deutsche Bahn AG, told Bloomberg that a major German industrial customer has asked it to send parts to and from British production facilities by air from Jan. 1, instead of the usual trucks or ships. It declined to name the client.