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Logjam persists at UK's Port of Felixstowe with no relief in sight

BRITAIN's main container Port of Felixstowe is still battling high container congestion dealing with the consequences of the Covid crisis, reports UK's Port Strategy

02 December 2020 - 19:00

BRITAIN's main container Port of Felixstowe is still battling high container congestion dealing with the consequences of the Covid crisis, reports UK's Port Strategy.

Owners, Hong Kong's Hutchison Ports has faced criticism over congestion and delays recently, with the British International Freight Association (BIFA) calling for government intervention.



The port said it is fully operational but has 'had a high number of slow moving containers of PPE [Covid gear] occupying storage space. The current high volumes will last at least into December and possibly through into the New Year, but we are working hard to minimise the impact on daily operations and to maintain vital supply chains'.



In the week to 29.11.2020, the port said it handled 81,104 TEU across the quay, 19,996 TEU to/from rail, and 32,313 containers to/from road vehicles. 95m per cent of import containers are available for collection within 10 minutes of discharge from the vessel.



'We have been working with the government's principle forwarder to remove containers with Covid gear as quickly as possible. Volumes have reduced significantly since the peak and should all be cleared within three weeks,' said the port.



Last month, Hutchison said truckers had been overbooking slots on its Vehicle Booking System. The port said in the week to 29.11.2020, there were 4,563 slots available every weekday, and in the week to 29.11.2020 a total of 28,356 bookings were available of which 9,042 went unused.


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