Thanks for a record fast vaccine!

By: Thomas Ström 12/21/20

Brexit creates ”1 million” new jobs

Another year has come to an end. But it isn’t just any year. It is year 2020. A year many think shouldn’t even existed, a year which should have been erased from the calendar. That is of course impossible, but it is clearly a peculiar and different time we live in. The pandemic lies like a thick fog across the globe, and many has been affected more severely than others.

In our industry those working with sea- and air transport has been, and are, most heavily affected. During the second quarter the sea fright more or less vanished due to factories, predominantly in Asia, shut down. Nothing was produced. There was nothing to transport.

But there is light at the end of the tunnel. The vaccine has been developed in the most impressive way. What was considered impossible a year ago has been made possible.  I don’t think many scientists thought a vaccine could be developed in less than a year. More likely 10 years. But it is actually here and come summer a large proportion of the population will have an adequate protection against Covid-19. In other words, it can only get better.

Even though it is incomparable to the pandemic, there is another large challenge for us working with international transports during 2021. How will things go when the UK leaves the EU?

This has already caused chaos and confusion. Now we just have to do what we can to help. We have already trained our employees in and outside of the UK to face this challenge. We are prepared for a hard Brexit. Unfortunately, it seems like the Britons are largely unprepared themselves.

New set-ups to transport goods across the border will take up more time as well as resources than before. But this is actually good for employment.

I have said it before and I’ll say it again: My wild guess is that Brexit will entail almost one million new jobs. It is actually not only at the border controls that more people will be needed. Every company in the UK and Europe, doing some sort of export, must have their own specialists in export and import to the UK. Where are they now?

Now I will take some time of the blog and will return in January.

Merry Christmas and a happy new year,