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London — Household-name companies including Tesla and Kraft Heinz are racing to avoid a Brexit crisis at year-end, as a shortage of customs brokers threatens their ability to move goods between Britain and the EU.

The carmaker and tomato sauce producer are among companies that have struggled to find contractors to help fill out the wave of new paperwork that will apply to UK-EU trade from 2021, according to a person familiar with the matter. Customs agents are running out of their capacity to meet demand due to Brexit, said the person, who asked not to be identified...

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