Container haulage delays worsen

August 31, 2018 3:40 pm

Our operations teams are identifying negative container haulage service issues at Felixstowe, Southampton and London Gateway, as a direct result of Felixstowe’s disastrous software upgrades.

Container collection and delivery performance levels across the country are under immense pressure due to Felixstowe’s failure to successfully migrate its new IT system, leading carriers to divert vessels to London Gateway and Southampton.

Southampton and London Gateway are struggling to cope with the additional vessels they are receiving, and while it is still possible to get containers delivered at short notice, hauliers are noticeably ramping up the rates.

CMA CGM subsidiary ANL announced a six-day delay on export collections due to a reduction in haulage availability, while the most stringent development has been announced by Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) who have advised that, from 1 October, shippers must undertake all export collections and import deliveries at their own risk.

HMM say they also reserve the right for their hauliers to be up to 90 minutes late, while still expecting containers arriving within that period to be loaded or unloaded.

In addition they will not consider extended free time or additional costs, however wasted journey costs will apply for any HMM container arriving within this 90-minute period which is rejected for loading or unloading.

The UK road haulage sector does face ongoing challenges as a result of road congestion, a general shortage of vehicle, driver and rail availability, plus increased cargo volumes. Which has been exacerbated by port congestion and vessel diversions, but does suggest that these issues are likely to continue into the long-term.

Delays are also reportedly affecting Immingham, Liverpool, Teesport and Tilbury.

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