Op­por­tu­ni­ties pre­sented by Brexit

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In­ter­na­tional traf­fic re­mains an area where DB Cargo is op­ti­mistic for growth, and Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Hans-Ge­org Werner says Brexit could of­fer op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Speak­ing ex­clu­sively to RAIL, Werner said: “The Chan­nel Tun­nel was, I think, sup­posed to have 30,000 trains per year? We run ap­prox­i­mately 2,000. We are us­ing 15% of the tun­nel. I would be happy to do more.

“Brexit could be an op­por­tu­nity. Cus­toms clear­ance is an is­sue. Dover could be blocked by trucks, whereas we can bring trains in - sealed - through the tun­nel. Cus­toms can be at ter­mi­nal at Bark­ing, and it would be much more struc­tured and or­gan­ised.”

Werner said the im­pact of Brexit on DBC would be small, as only 4% of its busi­ness runs through the Chan­nel Tun­nel. He be­lieves ports will present prob­lems due to cus­toms, while he also has con­cerns that com­pa­nies will leave the UK once it with­draws from the Euro­pean Union next year.

“‘We don’t know’ is not a good an­swer, so we cre­ated a work­ing group for Brexit. What could be the im­pact? How can we solve it? Cus­tomers are ask­ing, and we can­not say we don’t know. At the mo­ment we have Euro­pean agree­ments with other op­er­a­tors, but af­ter Brexit we have to make bi­lat­eral deals. In France we hand over to Euro Cargo Rail, which is one of our busi­nesses.”

Werner said the Rail De­liv­ery Group was also look­ing at the sit­u­a­tion, to help the freight in­dus­try.

“I have a vi­sion, run­ning parcels and mail trains from Lon­don to Paris. Why fly it? It might be quicker af­ter Brexit, too?”

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