Felixstowe walkout leads to container dwell spike


Container dwell times at the Port of Felixstowe soared last week following a major staff walkout in a dispute over pay.

Since the port worker strike began, analysis firm FourKites saw a significant increase in days at terminal for containers currently at the facility.

On 21 August, the day the strike began, export shipments at the Port of Felixstowe had been at terminal for 5.2 days on average.

As of 26 August, the wait soared 9.4 days on average, an increase of 82 per cent in just 5 days.

Over the same time period, the average days at terminal for export shipments at some of Europe’s largest ports (Rotterdam, Hamburg, Bremerhaven, and Antwerpen) increased by only 9 per cent.

The staff walkout ended on 29 August – but last week staff threatened that walkouts that could last until Christmas at the Port of Felixstowe.

Felixstowe is the UK’s largest container gateway which handles over 4 million TEU per year.

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