The UK logistics market continues to face challenges, resulting in a fragmented supply chain and ongoing delays to the movement of freight. This is due to the continued impact of COVID-19, as well as the recent UK exit of the European single market on 1st January 2021.

Road Freight services between the UK and the European Union are currently facing a high degree of disruption as a result of the new border procedures, customs documentation requirements and from 6, April 2021, mandatory driver testing if is required for all drivers entering the UK  for more than 48 hours. As a result, several Freight Forwarders and hauliers have already taken unprecedented action, suspending services between the UK and EU. Those hauliers who continue their services are experiencing delays in transit, and this lack of efficiency is further impacting the supply of equipment. Given the reduction in capacity, the market is volatile, leading to delays in transit and additional workload, all of which are likely to have a short term impact on pricing as well.

What can be done in order to reduce risk and keep your freight moving?

  • For Export: Accurate and compliant documentation must be presented prior to the collection of goods from your premises.
  • For Imports: Accurate and compliant clearance instructions in advance of the arrival of goods are required.

In the meantime, the shortage of available trailer equipment has eased. However, there are still some concerns that lorry drivers may avoid travelling to the United Kingdom because of the heightened risk of infection and the possibility of not being allowed to leave the country.

With regards to air freight, we have already seen several carriers cancel operations, as others are currently reviewing their flying programme. However, airlines will continue to operate on a cargo-only basis, where possible. In the event of airlines being unable to fly on a cargo-only basis due to local regulations, this is likely to cause further delays, and may lead to carriers increasing their rates during this period of reduced capacity.

UK Port operations have been heavily impacted due to COVID regulations, and this is now compounded further by a peak in import volumes, excessive empty export containers stored at the ports and a shortage of drivers. This problem is most acute in the Port of Felixstowe and ocean carriers are diverting to other UK ports, not fully discharging, loading vessels due to berthing delays or omitting UK ports all together. In addition, ocean carriers are struggling to move export containers from the quay. Import and export freight are both impacted and the shipping lines are now introducing UK port surcharges and increasing container haulage prices.

Airport, Port, Domestic Trucking & Customs

Cross-border Road Freight

Air Freight Capacity by Tradelane

Ocean Freight Capacity

LCL Direct Services
(Europe to USA)

In today’s challenging supply chain environment, Agility is here to provide you with solutions that leverage the most direct LCL ocean services available.

New Express LCL Services
(USA to Europe)

Customers with high-priority LCL shipments now have the option to utilize Agility’s new Express LCL Service from the US to select European base ports.

New Express LCL Services
(Europe to USA)

Customers with high-priority LCL shipments can leverage Agility’s new Express LCL Services from Europe to the US.

Helping Reduce the Impact of Brexit on your Supply Chain

With Agility’s existing infrastructure, skills and capabilities, we are well-positioned to support your trade between the UK and EU.