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Shipping disruption will get worse by Christmas and could last ‘for another 18 months’

by LLB staff reporter
18th Oct 21 12:52 pm

The boss of a global shipping company has warned on Monday that he cannot see any “let up for another 18 months” before the industry can resolve the crisis.

James Gundy, the chief executive of Braemar Shipping Services told Sky News that the problem is going to get worse in the run up to Christmas,

The Cory Brothers freight agency at Felixstowe which is the UK’s largest port, are working around the clock to try to keep goods flowing and ease congestion as they are having renewed difficulties.

Gundy told Sky News presenter, Ian King that outside the UK the situation is acute as around “13% of all container vessels sitting outside various ports, predominantly China and LA.”

He added, “They [Cory Brothers] don’t see any kind of ease up until Chinese New Year in February, that won’t filter in ’til March, so we’ve got another good six months to go before we start seeing any easement on the container side… Other markets as well… are in a real congestion situation.

“What the average person is not hearing is the fact there are crew problems with ships, there are Covid cases, docks get quarantined.

“It all just gets knocked on all the way through so I can’t see a real let up for another 18 months probably.”

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