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Brexit Surcharge Spoils U.K. Exporters’ Virus Workaround (1)

Jan. 14, 2021, 12:38 PM

Brexit is driving up the cost to export U.K. goods using an air-freight method that British companies have relied on to cope with flight bans triggered by a fast-spreading coronavirus strain.

Deutsche Lufthansa AG has introduced a surcharge on U.K. shipments sent by truck to airports in the European Union for onward delivery, according to a notice sent to a customer seen by Bloomberg. The fees on so-called flight trucks can add as much as 3,000 pounds ($4,100) to the cost of sending a 20-foot container full of high-value items like urgent documents, electronics, or perishable seafood to places like...

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