Parcel courier DPD UK has announced its halting its road delivery services into Ireland until at least Wednesday.
The courier said the move is due to “more complex processes” and “additional customs data requirements” for parcels destined for Europe post-Brexit.
“This, along with delays and congestion at UK ports for Channel crossings, has placed extra pressure on our turnaround and transit times,” the company said in a statement.
DPD UK said up to 20% of parcels are arriving with incorrect or incomplete data attached, meaning parcels need to be returned to customers to complete the required data.
DPD UK said the pause in operations will be as short as possible and they intend to recommence this service on January 13.
“During this time, we will work with our customers to validate and correct the data we have in our system, to reduce the delays and enable us to resume normal service,” they said.
Separately, An Post has confirmed it is trading “fully and smoothly” with “almost all” of the UK online retailers for whom it delivers despite new Brexit-related changes.
Ireland’s postal service said it has put in place a digital solution for its UK retailers which “simplifies the process and enables seamless despatch and immediate delivery."
The vast majority (95%) of An Post’s UK Retailer customers have opted to use this digital system.
In a statement, An Post said: “While some delays should be expected due to UK retailers bedding in their new data requirements prior to shipping, the majority of items despatched through the An Post digital systems are released for immediate delivery on arrival into Ireland."