BIFA - British International Freight Association

10/17/2018 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 10/17/2018 08:57

Information about Felixstowe problems for BIFA Members to use with their customers

The Port state publicly that the new TOS is now 'stable' however BIFA Members still face significant problems at the port with shipping lines cancelling calls; or operating a cut-and-run policy, where the ship leaves before all containers that are booked are loaded or discharged.

Those members are also experiencing knock-on effects at other UK ports where vessels are being diverted, causing additional cost and disruption. Key issues are that the Port is 'playing catch up', there are literally thousands of empty containers in the container yards which is compounding the problem because they are in the wrong place and need double handling, vessels are out of schedule which makes the situation worse, and the overarching issue for Import & Exports is a shortage of HGV drivers.

The BIFA Secretariat is receiving regular enquiries and updates from Members regarding the delays and cancellations. BIFA Members report booking transport with shipping lines up to currently fourteen days in advance but often find the delivery is cancelled on the day preceding collection or delivery. Thereby causing further problems for their customers.

This situation has been widely reported in the trade press and there are many online articles.