Container backlog costing thousands of pounds

CMA CGM shipping line brings in $150 import charge at Felixstowe

French transporter CMA CGM, which has been dealing with a cyber-attack since the end of September, introduced a $150 per container surcharge on cargo passing through the Port of Felixstowe. The company continues to struggle with delays and staff shortages amid the pandemic.

This has been on the back of reduced productivity from making the port coronavirus-secure, fewer available drivers and a rise in arriving containers.

This is Money reported on the problems at the Port of Felixstowe, which accounts for 48 per cent of the UK's container trade, at the end of last month, with the industry body representing haulage firms saying its members faced 'a perfect storm of issues' which had reached a level that 'could be disastrous'.

The Department for Transport had told This is Money it was 'aware of the issue' at Felixstowe and would continue to liaise with the port to monitor the situation.

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