Logistics UK has called on the government to request sensible flexibilities and easements to the UK sector.
The group wrote to Secretary of State Grant Shapps and said that by allowing hauliers “additional flexibility” to collect containers outside of normal hours it will enable the industry to “process” goods through ports as quickly as possible.
The letter also outlined the issues which have occurred as a result of Covid-19, Christmas and customs which has impacted the industry at the same time. The issues have caused delays to the nation’s highly interconnected supply chain, and deliver the festive goods the nation needs.
Zoe McLernon, the business group’s policy manager, said logistics businesses are doing their “utmost” to maintain business as usual and are working round the clock to keep trade flowing. She added that Covid-19 has caused “unprecedented volatility” in the supply chain, not just in the physical supply of goods from around the world, but also in changing the way consumers purchase products.
McLernon said: “As an industry, logistics is flexible and adaptable, as seen by the fact that port congestion has eased over the past couple of weeks, although high volumes do remain, and delays could persist for some months.
“Our supply chain is complicated and highly interconnected, and we are part of a bigger, global system which keeps us stocked with the goods and services we need.”
She added: “The logistics sector has shown its agility and adaptability throughout the pandemic, and in dealing with the current situation to ensure that goods continue to reach their destination.
“However, we continue to need the government to play its part by factoring elements such as the potential impact of disruption caused by the end of the transition period into its planning so that freight can continue to move freely, swiftly and safely with minimal delays.”