Above: Despite the first government lockdown, it was business as usual for bird collections and deliveries, with 90 per cent of the bird market being pigeons, say Walkers

 

A LEADING LIVESTOCK courier company is to suspend European deliveries from early next month, until DEFRA finalise Brexit regulations.

Walkers European Express Services in Dudley say all livestock deliveries and collections will continue as normal to Ireland, Northern Ireland, Belgium and Holland until the week commencing December 7, 2020, when it will “suspend our services to these countries indefinitely pending the outcome of Brexit negotiations.”

Company owner Mark Walker told C&AB that once DEFRA confirms what paperwork is needed, European deliveries will resume.

He explained: “The last shipment will be before the week commencing December 7, until we know what’s going on with paperwork. We’re not stopping doing European transport, we are simply waiting for DEFRA to tell us what paperwork is required once Brexit comes to a head.”

The company offers online booking of next-day delivery of racing pigeons and other livestock and has continued to deliver and collect throughout the second government lockdown.

Mr Walker said: “The business is stronger than ever; this week alone we have done 882 deliveries.”

In May, we reported that despite the first national lockdown the company was able to remain open for bird collections and deliveries (see News, May 6). Overseas transport ceased in the first half of the year, but in the absence of bird auctions and sales, Walkers European Express Services say its number of consignments in the UK nearly doubled on the average for that time of year.

Walkers last UK mainland collection/deliveries before Christmas will take place during the week commencing December 14, 2020. Collections for UK mainland will resume in the New Year on January 4, 2021.

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