While the port of Felixstowe has been highlighting recent performance improvements to 80%, Maersk has announced two services are moving to Liverpool.
MAERSK’s and the Mediterranean Shipping Co’s (MSC) 2M Alliance plans to suspend one of its loops on the Asia-North Europe trade in September, but resume it in December when business picks up, reports American Shipper.
The Port of Felixstowe’s chief operating officer confirms that incidences of delays and disruption may continue until 10th July.
Following the imposition of ‘emergency’ bunker surcharges at the beginning of the month, there are clear signs that capacity is reducing ahead of the traditional 3rd quarter peak.
Operational problems and delays continue at Felixstowe, leading to delivery disruption and Hamburg Süd announcing it will divert ships to Southampton for five weeks.
Three lines have already imposed surcharges effective from 1st June, with more announced. As shipping executives say that rises in bunkering bills need to be passed on to shippers, because further slow steaming is not an option.
Confidence in HMRC hitting the planned November launch date is fast disappearing, as fears grow of inevitable ‘teething problems’ and the ensuing potential for disruption.
The British Metals Recycling Association has urged the government to take action after China announced it will soon stop accepting imports of scrap metal, following similar bans on plastic and paper waste.
The new £157m Customs Declaration Service (CDS) will go live just three months before Britain leaves the EU. Introducing a massive new programme at such a critical time is making many nervous, but we believe that CDS represents a massive step forward.
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