EORI numbers, rules of origin, truck driver shortages, social distancing and worldwide supply shortages. These are just some of the terms that are currently giving logistics service providers nightmares. Brexit and the pandemic – two major supply chain disruptors – occurred almost simultaneously in early 2020. Companies wanting to keep their supply chains running had to contend with sudden changes in the rules of daily work life on top of new, stricter, and often complicated customs procedures for their international shipments.
But the companies were not alone. Logistics providers such as Rhenus Logistics and terminal operators such as Cuxport managed to prepare themselves and their staff as well as their customers by means of extensive training, customer information and network connections, enabling them to navigate the situation. Listen to Gary Dodsworth and Oliver Fuhljahn’s accounts of the measures their companies took and what the future challenges, such as the truck driver shortage or limited storage spaces, will mean for international supply chains.