JAG-UFS International are using every resource possible to minimise the impact on its customers. Here is an update of the current issues:
LACK OF HAULAGE CAPACITY
The lack of haulage capacity is one of the biggest problems. A number of EU drivers are not currently working, either due to holidays or quarantine requirements. Furthermore, the overall pool of drivers has been reduced as many who had been furloughed have since obtained new employment in other sectors. COVID-19 secure working practices and social distancing measures have increased unloading times which are impacting on the planned work loads of these reduced number of vehicles. An indication of the challenge is that shipping lines are now booking haulage up to two weeks in advance.
CRITICAL STORAGE CAPACITY FOR RETURNED CONTAINERS
The storage capacity for returned empty containers at Felixstowe Port is critical with the port unable to receive returned empties in a number of cases. Shipping Lines are therefore instructing that empties are returned to other ports. The result of this is increased haulage charges and vehicles being out of position when the drivers permitted driving hours are reached. This then impacts on their bookings for the following day. Vessel diversions add to the issue as volumes suddenly spike in the ports that vessels are diverted to.
Unfortunately, there are no signs of the current situation easing.
Please bear with us, we will keep you updated and will continue to do our utmost to ensure deliveries are made in a timely manner.
CEO – JAG UFS Group