The UK’s largest cargo port in Felixstowe has been jammed due to the world’s growing demand for goods and the UK’s lack of truck drivers. For this reason, the Danish company Maersk, the world’s largest container shipping operator, announced that it is diverting one ship with a capacity of 80,000 tons. tonnes per week to other ports in Europe, mainly to Rotterdam in the Netherlands.
The lack of truck drivers combined with the growing demand for goods everywhere in the world has caused the largest British cargo port at Felixstowe to be jammed.
Container queues in a British port
According to the port authorities on Wednesday, collection is currently awaiting collection 50 thousand containers. “It is not the Felixstowe port that is blocking supply chains, it is the supply chains that blocking the Felixstowe port,” the authorities said, adding that the situation is “similar in all major British ports.”
At Felixstowe, the average time between the unloading of containers from the ship and their picking up by trucks has increased to 10 days, although normally 3-5 days, and large ships have to wait up to seven days to enter the port and unload the containers.
Maersk redirects ships to other ports
For this reason, the Danish company Maersk, the world’s largest container shipping operator, announced that it is diverting one ship with a capacity of 80,000 tons. tonnes per week from Felixstowe to other ports in Europe, mainly to Rotterdam in the Netherlands, where it is unloaded, and then smaller vessels transport the containers to other smaller British ports.
Admittedly, Maersk pointed out that the problem does not only concern Great Britain, but pointed out that Felixstowe is one of the two or three ports where it is currently the most serious. In Great Britain, geography is an additional factor hindering the situation, because over 90 percent. all imported goods go to it by sea.
There is a shortage of truck drivers in Great Britain
However, redirecting ships to other ports is a temporary solution. As estimated in Great Britain there is a shortage of approx. 100 thousand. truck drivers. There were several reasons for this, most notably the pandemic and Brexit. The British government, trying to contain the crisis, announced less than two weeks ago that it would issue several-month visas for 5,000 foreign truck drivers. But for now, the plan to deal with the crisis is not quite that way.
Conservative party chairman Oliver Dowden admitted on Wednesday in Sky News that foreign drivers have so far submitted 300 visa applications, of which only 20 have so far been successful, but assured that the situation in the ports is improving and the British will be able to buy Christmas gifts as normal. However, representatives of the transport and forwarding sector advise you to plan your Christmas shopping in advance.
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