The container congestion crisis engulfing the UK has spread beyond the country’s ports and distribution centres into towns and villages.
To say residents in the sleepy Suffolk village of Melton, located about 10 miles inland from Felixstowe, were surprised
to see large numbers of container trucks turning up on disused plot of land over the past week would be an understatement. The build-up of containers at site comes amid reports that some 11,000 teu of containers containing PPE shipments are stuck in Felixstowe’s container yards
One UK freight forwarder told The Loadstar the PPE shipments “can’t get into the National Health Service (NHS) supply network – it’s already full”.
Meanwhile, the country’ major container gateways continue to struggle with empty containers causing congestion,
& other UK ports are offering their services to shipping lines desperate to get empties back to Asia.
“The ongoing effect of coronavirus pandemic, along with some British ports seeing container traffic 30% above normal levels has led to a glut of empty containers across the UK.
Combine this with importers looking to stock up ahead of Christmas, and you’ve got a major container headache,” the company said.

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24 Nov

Basically when you read any of these reports consider 

When ferry companies say they're ready they *are* because they will not load lorries unless cleared by the port authority
When ports/ their authorities say they're ready they *are* because they will not allow lorries onto their land/authority without pre-notification of apparent correct customs entries & certs.
When politicians say they're ready they *are* because they have fuck all to do with the coalface or have little understanding of it
The *only* ones anybody should take note of are the Hauliers their drivers the customs intermediates & the businesses loading their consignments
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23 Nov
The timing could not be more inopportune, adding further misery to importers and a port sector bracing itself for what is expected to be “utter chaos” in the new, and as yet unknown, trade regime between the EU and the UK.

Going to be "fun"
"..carriers which have upped rates in an effort to try and put UK importers off.

However, beyond generating more income for carriers, increased rates have failed to reduce imports, said the source, with “people still wanting their cargo”, and rates continue trending upward.
“You are seeing a trebling, even quadrupling, of freight rates as carriers have sought to stop imports into Felixstowe in an effort to evacuate empties to the Middle East where they are urgently needed,” the source continued.
Read 6 tweets
20 Nov
"UK trade can expect a “painful” exit from the European Union as ports requiring physical changes are left hanging on responses for government tenders to build new infrastructure.
This means we will have six months to build it in time for the 1 July [end of easing-in period] deadline, but the last substantial infrastructure project took 11 months,” he said.

(UK has 6 months "border facilitation" / smugglers' charter on customs declarations & SPS checks)
“Even more challenging (i.e. impossible) is the situation in Northern Ireland, where we need to have this new infrastructure in place by 1 January.”
Read 11 tweets
18 Nov
From ebay this morning

From 1 January 2021, eBay will be legally required to begin collecting and remitting VAT for UK imports. From that date, eBay will have to charge buyers the applicable VAT amount directly and remit this sum to the relevant authorities.
Sellers trading with UK buyers and listing on the UK or any EU site will need to provide both gross prices as well as the applicable VAT rate used to calculate the gross price on all listings. If sellers do not specify gross prices and VAT rates, eBay will have to assume that
the price provided is the net price, and will add VAT on top of the price displayed to buyers.

We strongly urge sellers listing on or other European eBay sites to specify the applicable VAT rates on existing listings as soon as possible.
Read 6 tweets
14 Nov
Okay time for a beach side beer ...just a quick note

UK has been part of a Single (expanding) internal borders Market for nearly *30* years.
& part of a Customs (expanding) Union for nearly *50* years.
To reverse that lack of capacity to reflect that lack of operational/customs/
infrastructure/space/"50,000" experienced staff dissipated away/IT support, demand was *always* going to be mammoth task at mammoth cost. eg Channel Tunnel was actually conceived of & built with the Single Market (inside a Customs Union) in it too didn't factor in space
needed for life outside it. France has been lucky: Calais port & Coquelles do have needed space for UK's self harming choice
EU nations (& Gib) haven't been hampered by a narrative of "opportunities"/trying to hide visible costs. & have duly prepped with loud necessary *warnings*
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