UK Minister Confident People Will Get Toys For Christmas As Containers Pile Up At Ports
Muhammad Irfan 11 days ago Wed 13th October 2021 | 05:20 PM
LONDON (UrduPoint News / Sputnik - 13th October, 2021) UK cabinet minister Oliver Dowden on Wednesday advised consumers against panic buying, as they will receive their Christmas gifts on time, amid reports that shipping containers are piling up at ports and vessels being diverted owing to a shortage of truck drivers to bring them out of port.
Comments from the minister without portfolio in the Cabinet Office came as authorities at Felixstowe, a port on the east coast of England, confirmed in a statement that the pre-Christmas peak, combined with hauling shortages, congested inland terminals, poor vessel scheduling, and the pandemic, have resulted in a build-up of containers at the port.
"This is why we have been taking steps to address it, whether it is, for example, with training, 5,000 more places for training HGV (Heavy Goods Vehicles) drivers, making the process more flexible," he said.
The British government blamed the shortage on the suspension of 40,000 trucker training tests during the COVID-19 pandemic, but the Road Haulage Association claimed that around 20,000 foreign drivers left the country after Brexit put an end to the free movement of people between the European Union and the UK.