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|Wysłany: 20 Lis 2020 10:09 Temat postu: Port troubles leave UK bookseller with no books
|Port troubles leave UK bookseller with no books
A UK book publisher says congestion at Felixstowe Port has left it with no books to sell in the lead up to Christmas.
Colin Hoad and Matt Green run a publishing company, Idesine, which has 4,000 books stuck on a ship that has been trying to dock since 31 October.
They are one of many businesses encountering problems importing goods.
Importers say congestion issues at UK ports have led to shipping firms quadrupling their freight costs.
"People are contacting us saying they've paid for books on pre-order as gifts, and we ultimately can't guarantee delivery," Mr Hoad said.
Delays at Felixstowe have been caused by a surge in import traffic as companies increased orders after the initial lockdown and some looked to stockpile goods before the end of the Brexit transition period.
The pandemic has made matters worse as large orders of PPE added to the backlog of containers on the quayside.
The port's owner, Hutchison UK, has said it is in the process of recruiting an additional 104 equipment drivers plus a number of engineers to help solve the problem.
But congestion at England's ports is now so bad, some shipping firms have limited the amount of cargo they will bring to the UK.
One of the world's biggest shipping lines, CMA CGM, told the BBC it was allocating less space on its fleet for UK imports for the time being.
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