UK Container Transport & Port Difficulties
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UK container logistics is struggling to cope with the demand right now, which is resulting in delays at ports and with collections and deliveries of containers nationwide.
UK Ports have been overwhelmed with the demand from Asia following the lockdowns earlier in the year and are suffering from huge congestion issues. The Port of Felixstowe, in particular, has been struggling with operational issues post-covid and delivery slots from the port are booked up to 2 weeks in advance.
Contributing to port issues are:
- Delayed vessels from Asia not meeting their berthing slots (mostly caused by weather and typhoons)
- Reduced productivity at ports and depots especially at shift changes due to necessary new hygiene regimes driven by Covid
- Build up of empties congesting at ports
Container transport operators are having their own issues, which is compounding the problem. Driver shortages in the post-covid market, in the form of returning overseas nationals and furloughed staff, means that there is not enough transport to cover the current demand.
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