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Driver shortage causes ships to be turned away from Felixstowe Port

The port congestion in Britain, exacerbated by the HGV driver shortage in the UK has now resulted in ships being diverted from Felixstowe Port. The driver shortage has already caused a significant increase in the amount of containers stacked in British ports. This has led to extra costs in the shape of import storage as well as demurrage & detention fees.

Last week, a British International Freight Association spokesperson said: “I have been advised that some ports have issued a private notice to their clients, the shipping lines, recently saying that the dwell time of their inbound containers was unacceptable, requesting them to move them off quay asap as they were approaching 80% capacity in the stacks. Industry insiders says that once they go over 80% stack utilization the port becomes progressively less efficient in all operations.”

According to the same spokesperson, peak season was ‘going to be tough’, adding that shipping lines could try to minimize disruption by spreading the load between different ports. This is already happening, as ships are being diverted from the Port of Felixstowe.



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