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Tel.: +48 696 988-381
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CGATE Logistics UK Ltd.
Tel.: +44 208 313 6586
CGATE Logistics Belgium BV
Oudeleeuwenrui 19 / C2
Tel.: 0032 (0)3 808 34 20
Following the recent delays at the Port of Felixstowe we wanted to update you on the situation.
These delays are mainly being caused due to reasons such as lost working days due to recent storms and high winds, productivity not fully back due to new hygiene guidelines (COVID-19), empty containers build up which is congesting the port, delays of up +/- 4-5 hours to load/unload even with a booking in place and staff shortage across the Port’s many different departments and activities.
This is added to the on-going problems with vessels being diverted to other UK ports, shortage of HGV drivers and the non-acceptance of empty container returns at FXT due to the congestion which is causing the Lines to request diversion of empty returns to other port locations across the country. Unfortunately these actions will regretfully generate extra costs that we will have to pass on to you.
Our team is working tirelessly to minimize the delays and extra costs for your company’s operation.
Felixstowe Port Authority is regularly being pressured by forwarders, hauliers, shipping lines, Port Users Association and BIFA in a combined effort to push for an urgent solution to the problem.
Should you have any doubts or questions please feel free to contact the CGATE Logistics UK team at any time.
U.K. has formally confirmed to the EU that no extension will be required, and none will be accepted in case the EU requests one. That sets the Brexit date invariably for 31.12.2020
Customs Clearance will be required for Imports and Exports after 31st December regardless of whether a FTA with EU has been agreed. HMRC will release the UK Global Tariff which will apply to all imports from 1st January 2021, however some duty may benefit from preferential rates subject to UK and EU signing a Free Trade Agreement.
Import/Export entries will also be required between Great Britain and Northern Ireland. HMRC cannot introduce unilateral duty facilities in NI as it will be working to the EU Customs code, although NI remains part of the United Kingdom territory.
We strongly recommend you issue a valid UK EORI number for imports and exports to/from the United Kingdom.
For help with your commodity codes pls access: https://www.gov.uk/check-tariffs-1-january-2021
If any doubts, please contact your local CGATE office
Southampton Port News
Following the recent delays and problems in the UK main ports we would like to update you further.
Congestion and delays at the Port of Southampton has deteriorated recently and we are now facing similar issues to those that have been experienced at Felixstowe.
While all the main UK container ports have been working through major delays, Felixstowe has been particularly challenging, contributing to delivery delays of up two to three weeks.
We are now experiencing similar problems at Southampton, including severe congestion, empty containers being refused and no VBS transport booking slots being available.
Please make sure you contact CGATE Logistics UK to plan your shipments in advance. This will certainly minimize likely delays and unexpected costs.