UK Container Ports.
There are issues at all major southern UK ports.
It started mid September at Felixstowe which had problems with its Vehicle Booking System for 24hrs and arriving containerships then not accepting empty containers to be loaded on their vessels outwith the port creating a backlog in the container storage depot and therefore the port refusing to accept restituted containers, creating in itself extra logistics hurdles and increased costs.
Furthermore, crucially, the port is still experiencing low staff numbers of port staff and drivers, many staff stuck outside of the UK apparently due to covid travel restrictions. Although Felixstowe will now accept restituted containers staff levels remain low.
Import container delivery transport needs much more planning with slots available much later than typically experienced due to shortages (now up to 3 weeks in some cases) meaning a knock on effect of quay rent & demurrage to import clients.
LCL import timings are also much longer meaning delays. The majority of LCL operators are now surcharging arrivals at Felixstowe with emergency surcharges to recover additional costs.
The problems are now starting to be experienced at other ports like Southampton and London Gateway.
Seasonal weather strikes of high wind closing port operations are further compounding the problems of delays and transport booking slot coordination.
Updated from original notice sent to core clients 2/10/20.
- European export customs clearance services : EFS customs brokerage dept
European export customs clearance services. Executive Freight Services Limited are pleased to offer you the following services, to facilitate the transport of your goods between the UK and EU. Export Customs Declarations. Transit Documents Port Pass including GVMS EU customs clearance As part of this service, we offer and include the following: Full documentation check of the shipper’s paperwork. Export EORI number verification. Export customs declaration submission available at all UK ports. Handling of special customs procedures, such as: Temporary exports and re-exports of goods under Inward Processing Outward Processing ATA Carnets CITES permits. SIEL / OIEL / OGEL export licences T1 Transit documents raised with UK Customs. Vehicle booking at your chosen Inland Border Facility (IBF) for the vehicle to collect the original T1 within a planned 6-hour time frame. ENS declarations for shipment to the Republic of Ireland. EXS declarations for vehicles leaving the UK, when required. Port pass services including GVMS We can also provide you with European import customs clearance through our network of hand-picked partners in each European country, should the importer not have an already appointed broker. Do you need the transport to be arranged to? Why not ask us for a quote? Our network of UK and European carriers means we can offer you the vehicle you need, at the price you want. You can contact our European export customs clearance team as follows. Email: EUexports@executivefreightservices.co.uk Tel: +44 (0) 1252 531350
- 2021 Christmas opening hours & service schedules.
EFS will be open the following times over the Christmas break:- Day Date Company Hours Thursday 23/12/2021 Normal Working Hours Friday 24/12/2021 Close at 2pm Saturday 25/12/2021 CLOSED Sunday 26/12/2021 CLOSED Monday 27/12/2021 CLOSED Tuesday 28/12/2021 CLOSED Wednesday 29/12/2021 Normal Working Hours Thursday 30/12/2021 Normal Working Hours Friday 31/12/2021 Close at 2pm Saturday 01/01/2022 CLOSED Sunday 02/01/2022 CLOSED Monday 03/01/2021 CLOSED Tuesday 04/01/2021 Normal Working Hours Kindly note no out of hours coverage will be provided over this period. The last day for standard export air freight collections & airline deliveries is Friday 17th December.* For UK port timings please contact your customer service agent. Driver shortages persist for container deliveries, also many lines will still not allow restitution of empties at port of arrival Felixstowe and Gateway. For courier timings please see respective integrator website. European road groupage hauliers last collections for export deliveries the week of Christmas day (subject to recipient timings) are typically:- Near Europe (Benelux, Germany, France, Denmark) Wednesday 15th ; Eastern Europe (Finland, Poland, Hungary, Romania, Baltics, Croatia etc) Thursday 9th. Due to the limitations imposed on us by our transit guarantor, Transit Documents (T1) will not be available after 1200 GMT on the 24th and 31st of December. All other business days will operate as normal, in accordance with our published opening hours above. *Covid capacity issues aside, we are in peak season, the cargo warehouses have manpower difficulties against high workload, the largest airfreight groupage trucker on the airport asks for a minimum of 48hours to RHD and screen cargo for onward delivery to airlines – please plan shipments accordingly, expect delays and probable waiting time surcharges at the airline bonds due to the long queues. Book AM collections where possible for a surcharge to ensure your cargo is collected on the specified day without issues as road conditions deteriorate. Between 29th December and 31st December, when open, EFS will have skeleton staff. Transport options will be extremely limited. Between 20th December and 4th January all airfreight export collections / import deliveries will be by special vehicle only, POA. To all EFS customers: Festive Greetings, thank you for your valued support in 2021 and wishing you a successful 2021! WISHING YOU A MERRY CHRISTMAS & A HAPPY NEW YEAR – from The EFS leadership team
- EFS exports landing gear for a C-130 Hercules
EFS has recently shipped a C130 Hercules nose landing gear under tight time constraints to Montreal airport. Due to the height of the packed cargo it required a freighter aircraft solution as well as additional screening being too big to fit a conventional xray machine. The customs entry required compliance to an export licence.