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Kuehne+Nagel owner sees about 20,000 job cuts: Die Welt

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Freight-forwarder Kuehne+Nagel may cut more than 20,000 jobs, with warehouse workers most affected, as the coronavirus-caused economic crisis hits shipping, controlling shareholder Klaus-Michael Kuehne said in an interview.

FILE PHOTO: The logo of Swiss logistics group Kuehne + Nagel is seen at its headquarters in Schindellegi, Switzerland October 17, 2018. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann

23 May 2020 11:05AM

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ZURICH: Freight-forwarder Kuehne+Nagel may cut more than 20,000 jobs, with warehouse workers most affected, as the coronavirus-caused economic crisis hits shipping, controlling shareholder Klaus-Michael Kuehne said in an interview.

Kuehne+Nagel, which employs 83,000 people, will likely cut jobs in locations such as the United States that unlike some European countries does not have a system of short-time working to fall back on to prevent massive layoffs, he told Germany's Die Welt in an article published on Saturday.

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He sees globalisation slowing, with a trend towards regionalisation.

"The group could have 20-25per cent fewer workers than before the crisis," he said. "We will emerge from the crisis smaller."

The 2020 result will definitely be worse than a year ago, said Kuehne, adding nobody knows how long the crisis will last and how deep it will be. The company has already scrapped its dividend.

"The moments of truth come in the April to June period," he said. "Transport volumes have declined significantly. The decisive question is, will the world economy begin a gradual recovery in June."

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