Hauliers are growing increasingly concerned about the viability of the Port of Liverpool.
Congestion, staffing issues and VBS availability have become major challenges, and some hauliers are reporting that jobs that should take two hours are now lasting for most of the day. Restricted haulier access is also leading to significant slowdowns in the flow of cargo.
The issues have become so severe that a number of hauliers are now refusing to service Liverpool due to poor productivity and increased costs. This is adding further pressure to suppliers who are still servicing the port.
Historically, the Port of Liverpool has concentrated on local work but, since last year’s crisis at Felixstowe, it has seen a large influx of distance work. Due to its historically low volumes, the port does not yet have the infrastructure in place in terms of supplier numbers or rail links, particularly in comparison with Southampton, London Gateway and Felixstowe. Surge in demand has exceeded expectations.
Maritime Transport, the UK’s largest container haulier, has told customers new charges for delays at Liverpool will now be incurred:
“We cannot continue to hemorrhage money and have trucks sitting around due to the port’s shocking performance. The port is stack-heavy, understaffed and struggling with VBS availability. Yet it continues to take in additional vessels, and we need our customers to be taking them to task.”
Many have questioned why furloughed staff have not been brought back to work.
We continue to monitor the situation and will keep you updated. For any queries regarding specific bookings, please contact our Customer teams.