Ecommerce Europe, Fevad, Thuiswinkel.org, Händlerbund, Netcomm, EshopWedrop, An Post, DPD Group and PostNL have presented a joint statement on Brexit and parcel delivery. They opt that the United Kingdom and the EU27 must keep goods and parcels flow efficiently as cross-border retail has been growing exponentially in Europe over the last decade.
The main argument of the statement is the development of e-commerce through parcel delivery, which has significantly contributed to the growing trade channel. With Brexit approaching, current growth and consumer-driven demand is threatened. A hard Brexit will lead to a serious disruption of cross-border retail, e-commerce and related trade flows. The member states of the European Union and the government of the United Kingdom are being urged to keep the flow of goods and parcels across the EU-UK borders. The e-commerce turnover in the United Kingdom is significantly higher than in other European countries, which makes it a crucial element in terms of retail and trade with the 27 countries of the European Union.
However, a no-deal Brexit would result in serious bottlenecks in the flow of goods and parcels too, which makes the urgency of a trade agreement of critical importance in order to avoid chaos at border crossings. Serious concerns require immediate solutions until a Free Trade Agreement will be reached. Read the full statement of the industry representatives here.