The situation in Great Britain is getting worse.
Due to the lack of truck drivers, container ports are coming under pressure.
The world's largest shipping company is now drawing conclusions.
London / Munich - In the retail sector, of all things, the environment deteriorates during the important Christmas business.
Can all the gifts be delivered to the end customer on time?
In Great Britain in particular, the situation seems to worsen again shortly before Christmas.
The British ports complain of a backlog.
Container ships would be diverted or would have to wait for days at sea to enter.
The British media reported.
Felixstowe, the country's most important container port, is also affected.
Due to a lack of truck drivers: Now the British ports are also running out
reports, the world's largest shipping company Maersk no longer calls for the Felixstowe container port. More than a third of the container shiploads destined for Great Britain are normally unloaded there. Maersk manager Lars Mikael Jensen told the British newspaper: “We had to stop operations because there was no more space to unload the cargo. Felixstowe is one of the two or three worst hit terminals in the world. ”Other ports are facing similar problems. The container ships were stowed in Hamburg, Rotterdam and China, for example.
According to the port of Felixstowe, it takes up to ten days for containers to be unloaded and their loads to be transported onwards on trucks.
The fact that a number of containers are waiting to be picked up is also due to the blatant shortage of truck drivers in Great Britain.
However, a lack of truck drivers has not only been a problem there since yesterday.
In addition, there is now the usual increase due to the starting Christmas business, as the British Ports Association recently announced.
"London wanted Brexit, now they are getting it"
However, a timely solution does not seem to be in sight. Most recently, Visa plans for up to 5,000 foreign truck drivers to cope with delivery bottlenecks met with great skepticism. "Nobody will accept that," said Dirk Engelhardt of the German Press Agency in London. He is the head of the Federal Association of Freight Transport, Logistics and Disposal (BGL). He didn't know of anyone who had applied. Rather, Eastern European specialists are angry about the British government's actions.
"London wanted Brexit, now they are getting it," said Engelhardt, referring to the new, strict immigration rules. Since January 1st, EU citizens need expensive visas if they want to work in the UK. Boris Johnson's British government recently announced that 127 visas had been issued to tanker truck drivers. However, it remains questionable whether this can have a lasting effect on the delivery bottlenecks. The government was optimistic on Wednesday. "The situation is improving," said Oliver Dowden, general secretary of the ruling Conservative Party, the TV broadcaster Sky News. "I am confident that people will get their toys for Christmas."
But it is not only in Great Britain that one or the other is worried about the timely delivery of the gifts.
Germany could also feel the global delivery bottlenecks.
The Ifo Institute * has already issued a warning.
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