Logistics operators warn that cargo, including Christmas deliveries from Britain’s largest port to the continent, could take an additional 2-3 weeks to finally arrive in the UK.
Seaport Freight Services Ltd, which has been operating in Felixstowe for over 30 years, said it expects the cataclysm at Suffolk Port to significantly increase delivery times for goods arriving from the Far East.
We have already seen a major shipping company diverting its super-large container ship from the UK due to delays at the port.
Steve Parks, director of Seaport Freight, said that the supply chain turmoil involved not only clothing and Christmas goods, but also groceries from frozen fish to coconut milk, and products from carpet tiles to forklift trucks. Said.
Even if you have to go through a continental port such as Rotterdam, the goods will eventually arrive in the UK, but logistics companies and retailers face soaring shipping costs that can lead to higher prices. He added.
Danish shipping giant Maersk announced on Monday that it plans to direct one of its giant triple E container ships from Felixstowe to the continent as British ports are congested. logjam has been largely due to the ongoing shortage of truck drivers.
As a result, although Felixstowe Port claims that the situation has improved, about 4,000 containers to the UK will arrive in the UK on a more detour route per week.
Parks said: “If the vessel is docked in a place like Rotterdam instead of Felixstowe, it will take another couple of weeks for those items to arrive in the UK. In fact, the items still arrive here, but the system We are under tremendous pressure and costs are rising dramatically.
“If you wanted to send a container from Shanghai to Felixstowe 18 months ago, it would cost $ 3,000. Today it’s $ 19,000 to $ 20,000.
“Some people are aware that the cost of shipping the container exceeds the value of what they put in the container. This is clearly unsustainable for many companies and ultimately theirs. You will pass on the cost. ”
Yesterday, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak offered a guarantee that “a significant amount of Christmas gifts will be available,” emphasizing that the government was unable to modify the global supply chain of stuttering alone. bottom.
A speech in Washington, DC, where he is attending the G7 Finance Ministers’ meeting, said: They are global in nature and cannot solve all problems, but we are confident that we will provide the right products for everyone.
“I’m sure there are many Christmas gifts that everyone can buy.”
Despite Mr. Snack’s vote of confidence in the problematic delivery system, there was some evidence that consumers were already adjusting their expectations for the availability of the desired item.
A YouGov poll yesterday showed that 26% of people were concerned that the items they wanted to buy on Black Friday could be out of stock due to shipping issues.