Cargo Association Calls On The Government To Intervene In Felixstowe Port

- Oct 12, 2020-

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The freight forwarder asked the British government to intervene in the dispute between the shipowner and the user at the port of Felixstowe. Currently, the operation of the Port of Felixstowe has been disrupted and additional costs have been incurred.


The British International Freight Association (BIFA) claimed that the port’s migration to the internal terminal operating system (TOS) in 2018 was the “root cause” of the current vehicle reservation system (VBS) problem, and the port’s position is that unused reservations are the culprit .


The UK's largest container port, operated by Hutchison Ports, has faced severe congestion in recent weeks, causing vessel diversions due to a surge in the number of imported containers and a high rate of late arrivals (partly due to Asian typhoons) , And staff shortages.


   BIFA Director-General Robert Keen said: “There is a huge disagreement between port users and managers regarding the reasons for the unsatisfactory performance of the Port of Felixstowe.”


"Our members stated that any questions the Port Authority raised to them were just verbal perfunctory, which is unacceptable to the Port Authority, which has the busiest container port in the UK. The Port Authority has always been happy to call it the'British Port'. "


He continued: “The failure in 2018 seems to be the root cause of the current VBS problem. The VBS problem has exacerbated the congestion caused by other problems; including the substantial increase in container shipments before China’s Golden Week; reduction of container movement and Serious staffing problem."


   According to Keen, BIFA members have been suffering from poor port service for two years, so they call on the government to intervene independently.


   On October 7, the port issued a statement stating that its VBS was originally designed to provide "maximum flexibility" to the local transportation community, but this flexibility was abused and aggravated the port's problems.


   The agency pointed out: "We want to be as flexible as possible, but its design encourages some transporters to get as many reservations as possible regardless of actual needs.


   Then they will return the excess orders at the last minute, at which time their benefits to other companies are limited. Last week 11,704 bookings were returned and 6,679 bookings were not used. "


   From October 12, the operator will increase the available reservations for these two terminals and adjust the VBS reservations to ensure a fairer and more efficient allocation of reservations.


   As part of the change, all bookings between 11:00 and 19:00, bookings without a relevant container 4 hours before the booking time will be lost and will be automatically withdrawn by the system; other times remain unchanged.


  Recovered reservations will be reissued for general use, but the container information must be attached when booking, and reservations that have been reserved but not used will continue to be charged for no-show.


   Other information will also be displayed on the port’s website, at different times of the day, the number of available reservations, the number of used reservations and the number of unused reservations.


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