The port of Shanghai has retained its status as the world’s business container port for the ninth consecutive year, must to the delight of our colleagues in China’s biggest city.
The new Customs Declaration System CDS was due to replace HM Revenue & Customs ageing ‘CHIEF’ system in March 2019, but trade testing facilities that should have been made available at the end of July have still not been fully deployed, and HMRC have now admitted that the target launch date is no longer attainable.
Scrap recyclers who spent decades refining the export of red metal scrap to China now view the disruption caused by China’s sudden restrictions on imported scrap, and the unintended consequences that are emerging.
DP World Southampton have confirmed that stack levels are affecting productivity, which means that some vessels are departing before they have unloaded or loaded all containers
Container haulage service levels have fallen significantly this summer, with much blame heaped on Felixstowe’s disastrous software upgrades, but other more serious factors are at play.