The heavy congestion in London Gateway, and in most ports of the United Kingdom, has led to several shipping lines implementing congestion surcharges. In some cases, sailings were cancelled.
Shipping lines have noted that the congestion has been ongoing for some months now, particularly at the Port of Felixstowe, but bottlenecks at London Gateway have also caused concerns for the carriers, including the German carrier Hapag-Lloyd.
The German carrier noted on 19 November that it has not seen and does not expect improvement at London Gateway until the end of the year and will consider the possible actions to manage the ongoing situation.
MSC agrees, "the ongoing and unprecedented congestion affecting the UK port network is expected to continue into early 2021," said the company. Similarly, CMA CGM has already introduced a port congestion surcharge (PCS) in London Gateway along with all the UK ports.