Huge Queues Of Lorries Were Seen At Dover And Calais Today As Chaos In Britain s Ports Continued Amid Warnings From Retailers That A Large Number Of Toy Orders Will Not Arrive In Time For Chirtmas
Huge queues of lorries were seen at Dover and Calais today as chaos in Britain's ports continued amid warnings from retailers that a large number of toy orders will not arrive in time for Chirtmas.
Containers from one of the world's largest cargo ships, the Ever Gifted, were also seen being unloaded at Felixstowe today amid chaos caused by a perfect storm of blacklogs at Britain's container ports, pre-Brexit stockpiling and the pandemic.
It comes as retailers warned the spiralling cost of the global shipping crisis - that has seen the price of a shipping container rise four-fold to £7,500 - will be passed onto consumers.
Shoppers are being badly hit in the pocket as a result, with the cost of some of the most-wanted Christmas gifts increasing by up to £40 each in the past week.
Moving a container of goods from Qingdao, China, to the UK is now at $10,000 (£7,500) per load - four times the usual rate - and 'consumers will pay the final price' after a terrible year for businesses, the British Retail Consortium (BRC) has warned.
The British Toy and Hobby Association (BTHA), the BRC and the Food and tour hồ ba bể Drink Federation (FDF) are calling on the Government to intervene at Felixstowe and Southampton ports and 'save the festive season' by getting more cargo into the UK.
BRC chief executive Helen Dickinson said: 'After a tremendously challenging 2020, many firms' cashflows are under severe pressure, and so businesses are in no position to absorb these additional shipping costs.
As a result, consumers will pay the final price.
'Christmas orders could be delayed, and retailers might be left with no option but to increase product prices. These issues must be addressed urgently. An inquiry would provide the scrutiny needed to help get our ports flowing freely again.'
MailOnline research on the respected consumer site PriceSpy reveals that a Nintendo Switch will today cost you on average £279.85 in the shops or online - up £10 since the start of the month.
A Barbie Dreamhouse has increased in price by £40 in the same period to £280.97 while Star Wars Lego, which is in short supply this Christmas, is up £15 to £99 for a space ship set.
An electric scooter - seen by many experts as the most wanted Christmas gift - is £30 up to £139.99 on average because so many have been held up at ports in China, Europe and Britain due to a global shipping crisis.
The ongoing congestion at British ports means many [/news/christmas/index.html Christmas] toys, gifts and stocking fillers are now unlikely to make it on time with businesses hemorrhaging £1million or more because shipments have been delayed and quadrupled in price.
There were queues of up to ten miles at Dover and Calais this afternoon as retailers rushed to cross the Channel avoiding the snarled up container ports.
The 399 metre by 59 metre Singapore-registered vessel, the Ever Gifted, unloaded cargo at Felixstowe today after waiting in port for three days.
Gigantic queues of traffic have formed on both sides of the Channel - pictured outside Calais today - as chaos in Britain's container ports are choked forced businesses to import goods via ferries and the Channel Tunnel
Containers were seen being unloaded from one of the biggest ships in the world, kynghidongduong.vn Ever Gifted, at Felixstowe Port in Suffolk today
Scooters, dolls houses, Lego and Nintendo Switch consoles are among the prices on the rise according to PriceSpy
Lorries queued through the night for The Port of Dover (pictured today) along the A20 in Kent as the Dover TAP (Traffic Access Protocol) is implemented due to high volumes of freight traffic caused in large part because of problems at container ports
In a familiar scene, lorries snake around the A20 for up to 10 miles as lorries try to leave the UK after bringing freight into Britain
Freight lorries queueing for the Channel Tunnel in Folkestone as Britain's ports are far busier than usual
Migrants enter a truck on the A16 highway that leads to the Channel tunnel crossing in Coquelles near Calais today
This was the scene in Calais today as trucks queue to embark aboard the freight shuttle at Eurotunnel terminal in Coquelles near Calais
French roads are also choked with traffic as retailers try to get shipments into the UK by other means
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Rocketing shipping costs and a shortage of stock in the UK caused by Covid chaos in [/news/china/index.html China] and a log-jam at Felixstowe and Southampton container ports means that shoppers rushing to buy gifts in the week before Christmas Day are likely to pay more.
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