DHL to charge 5 euro surcharge for UK shipments from 2021

FILE PHOTO: Small toy figures are seen in front of diplayed DHL logo in this illustration taken March 19, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo

DUESSELDORF, Germany (Reuters) - Deutsche Post's DHL DPWGn.DE subsidiary plans to levy a surcharge of at least 5 euros (4.56 pounds) for express shipments bound for Britain from January when the country leaves the European customs union, the German logistics company said on Tuesday.

A spokesman said the surcharge would be levied for all shipments subject to customs duty from Jan. 1, but this fee could be adjusted depending on circumstances.

Britain left the European Union last January and is locked in negotiations on a new trade deal from 2021, as well as on implementing the divorce.

DHL is also planning price increases of 4.9% on average for 2021, the spokesman said.

Reporting by Matthias Inverardi; Writing by Emma Thomasson; Editing by Caroline Copley