! Murcia Today – Murcia’s small transport companies crippled by Brexit
Complex customs procedures and long waiting times have led many Murcia-based carriers to withdraw from the UK altogether
According to Cartagena-based carrier Tortasola, rising fuel prices combined with increasing wait times to enter the UK means that small businesses can no longer afford the costs, and director José Antonio Hernández said that he had no choice but to trade the UK for destinations. that involve less paperwork and offer more benefits. Before Brexit, the company traveled regularly to Sheffield, Birmingham or Cambridge; now they are lucky if they send one truck a week to England.
With the withdrawal of small businesses from the UK, the larger fleets came under increased pressure to ensure frequent delivery of fresh produce from southern Spain. This is the experience of the Agetrans company, which has pledged to send 60 trucks per week to the UK from this month, up from 40 shipments before Brexit. Director Domingo Ortiz agreed that the UK is unfortunately no longer an attractive market for Spanish businesses, as while delivery times for goods have remained the same customs procedures have increased significantly, requiring more manpower. work and time.
Since Brexit, the cost of maintaining these services has increased by 20% and companies must choose between taking the weight off their profits or passing the cost on to their customers, neither of which is an issue. ideal solution.