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China freight market update

The critical Chinese port of Ningbo has returned to normal operation, while trucking operations in Shenzhen and Tianjin are now facing interruptions, due to COVID testing of drivers and Hong Kong air crew quarantines have slashed air cargo capacity. (more…)

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UK border changes see trucks delayed for days

Changes to the operation of the EU/UK border came into force on the 1st January 2022, with the full customs clearance of imports from the EU, but the crashing of HMRC’s new IT system left trucks stranded at Calais for…

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1st January 2022: Critical UK border changes

On the 1st January 2022 the UK is imposing full border controls, which means that HMRC will require customs declarations to permit shipments from the EU across the border, yet there are indications that many traders and hauliers are not…

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Freight market report – December 2021

Supply chains have been struggling with congestion and disruption for close on two years and the new Omicron Covid variant is likely to unleash new challenges. With sustained demand for space and a lack of capacity on all major trade…

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Warehouse space could run out within a year

Sustained consumer demand, especially online, driven by the COVID-related shift to product purchase, rather than services spending has resulted in an unprecedented squeeze on logistics space which has fallen to record low, according to data from commercial property experts. (more…)

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The pandemic’s impact on the global supply chain

From empty shelves upsetting shoppers and parts shortages interrupting manufacturers, to shipping delays and soaring costs, the pandemic has shone a spotlight on the global supply chain and the challenges in keeping goods moving efficiently along it. (more…)

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Ports refuse empties

The challenge of finding HGV driver resource and unpredictable vessel schedules, means that container delivery moves are failing, with unclaimed imports building up and rising container stack levels prompting Felixstowe and London Gateway to start refusing empty containers. The shortage…

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Shipping line reliability drops to all-time low

Despite continuing global demand and freight rates breaking all records, vessel schedule reliability hit an all-time low in August and 30% to 40% of liner deliveries are failing, but the shipping lines are not waiving port storage and demurrage charges.…

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