Freight News, Rail, Sea

Not all plain sailing from China

[ October 7, 2020   //   ]

UK importers are facing a “tsunami” of container shipping issues at present, says Tony Cole, head of supply chain services at freight forwarder Davies Turner. He cited: “Schedule disruption; ongoing delays in vessel discharge and loading, which is leading to ships ‘cutting and running’ or diverting; prolonged turnaround times on the quay; shortages of dock labour and container haulage, as well as import containers missing planned connections to rail.”

There are further delays in third party port warehouses that unpack consolidated containers, he added.

Cole said the problems had resulted in a surge of interest for Davies Turner’s direct LCL and FCL rail service from China to the UK.