The boss of a shipping agency has warned of fewer options on shelves at Christmas and urged people to plan ahead if they want to receive the gifts they want.
Peter Wilson, group managing director of Corey Brothers, a shipping agency that handles the logistics of cargo and processing goods, said consumers would need to order Christmas gifts well in advance to ensure that they would be able to access HGVs in UK ports. Congestion due to lack of driver. .
Shipping companies have started shipping ships away from the country’s largest port, Felixstow, as it has run out of storage capacity.
Congestion is low due to the lack of available HGV drivers to move unloaded containers to free up space. Mr Wilson told radio 4 today The program on Wednesday morning said port congestion was a global issue affecting Europe and the US West Coast. But it added that the UK was being hit hardest by problems due to “significant pinch points around HGV drivers”.
He continued: “This is a really important issue for us in the UK. It is much less of an issue for other European countries.”
Mr Wilson said consumers should “be sensible, think ahead, plan appropriately, order your Christmas items and the items you need on time to make sure you have them”.
Although he said the supply chain would not fail completely, Mr Wilson said “there are possibilities closer to Christmas”. [for] Some items may not be available on the shelves”.
He said a range of products are likely to be affected, but specifically designated white goods and Christmas toys as “pinch points.”
Echoing warnings from Maersk, the world’s largest shipping container company, Mr Wilson said: “These issues surrounding the disruption will continue into the next year. This has been a problem for us for about five-six months already.
“The supply chain is under a lot of pressure but it will not fail. Stuff will be on the shelves for Christmas, it just might not be the option we’re all used to. “
Most imported toys arrive via the port in Felixstowe because it is cheaper to ship them than to fly them. Electronics, bikes, household items and New Year’s fireworks are also expected to be affected.
Conservative Party co-chair Oliver Dowden insisted that the government was “working out a solution” to the problems caused by the shortage of HGV drivers.
He told Sky News on Wednesday morning: “Although there is clearly a daunting problem, especially with HGV drivers, not only here, but across Europe. That’s the challenge facing Poland, the US, even China. That’s why we’re taking steps to tackle this, for example, with training, for example, 5,000 more locations for training HGV drivers, making the process more flexible.
“We are working to address these challenges.”
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