Covid-19 freight levels could become the “new normal” warns DFDS

Shipping giant DFDS is set to cull around 86 UK warehousing and logistics jobs as part of major cutbacks across the company as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

A total of 86 UK posts have been placed into consultation, with 650 jobs to go across DFDS’ entire European operations.

Andrew Byrne, managing director, said: “The unexpected Covid-19 pandemic left no company in the travel and transport sector unaffected.

“As a ferry and logistics company, DFDS has experienced that passenger numbers, freight volumes and terminal activity dropped dramatically.

“Throughout our network, restrictions are being lifted, manufacturers are resuming operations, and government support measures are ending, and we are now seeing the outlines of a new normal.

“However, it will not be a return to the situation before the crisis. We are facing a world with less freight and fewer passengers to carry.

“Consequently, we are adapting our structure, staff and costs to the business that will emerge from Covid-19.”

A total 62 roles will be lost in the Immingham ferries and terminals business, with 24 in logistics.

Mr Byrne said staff and trade union consultations have begun, and all employees have been advised of the circumstances.

Source: Business Live