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Response measures to high demand post-lockdown have had a positive impact at Port of Felixstowe

Response measures to high demand post-lockdown have had a positive impact at Port of Felixstowe
Imports are facing surcharges at Felixstowe and Southampton

Measures introduced at the Port of Felixstowe to manage the flow of containers to and from the port have had a positive impact, although its container yard remains at a high density.

The UK’s largest container port continues to experience a very high demand for its road and rail capacity as the volume of imports into the UK continues to surge post-lockdown.

Previous measures saw the port increase its VBS booking availability to more than 4,300 vehicles per day and opened on Sundays for haulage collection.

In response to a high demand for VBS slots, the port has released over 1,600 additional slots in the last week and also extended its Sunday opening hours in order to allow hauliers to access containers for UK shippers.

A statement from the Port of Felixstowe noted: “We handled over 53,000 teu to road haulage in the week and, on average, there were 749 VBS slots unused each day.

“We handled 16,887 teu at our rail terminals and are working with all operators to further increase the volume of containers moved inland in the coming days.”

The port has welcomed the first intake of new operational staff since lockdown measures have eased and is, in total, recruiting over 100 additional equipment drivers.

Port of Felixstowe’s statement concluded: “We apologise to any customers experiencing delays and we are confident that the measures above, and close cooperation with our partners, will address these operational challenges.”