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German logisticians have doubts about the British truck campaign


Great Britain wants to attract urgently needed truck drivers with 5000 visas. The head of the German trade association BGL does not believe in success. "London wanted Brexit, now they are getting it."

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Drivers urgently wanted: advertising on a truck in London

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The UK's visa plans for up to 5,000 foreign truck drivers to cope with delivery bottlenecks are met with skepticism in the industry.

"Nobody will accept that," said the head of the Federal Association of Freight Transport, Logistics and Disposal (BGL), Dirk Engelhardt.

He doesn't know of anyone who has applied.

Rather, Eastern European professionals are annoyed by the British government's actions. "London wanted Brexit, now they are getting it," Engelhardt said, referring to the new, strict British immigration rules. Since January 1st, EU citizens need expensive visas when they come to work in the UK. The UK government recently announced that 127 visas had been issued to tanker truck drivers.

Truck drivers are also desperately wanted in the EU, with 60,000 to 80,000 specialists missing in Germany alone, said the BGL boss.

Because they have more secure jobs in the EU and salaries are currently rising significantly, the skilled workers would prefer a job in the international community.

The 5,000 British visas with which the government in London wants to attract workers are limited to a few months.

That is a bad perspective, said Engelhardt.

There is a lack of truck drivers in Europe, if not worldwide.

However, the Brexit with the immigration rules has exacerbated the situation in Great Britain.

There were recently repeated empty supermarket shelves due to bottlenecks, and petrol stations dried up.

dab / dpa

Source: spiegel

All business articles on 2021-10-14

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