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The return of guardian angel industry veteran Chris Lewis to the port of Felixstowe next week cannot come soon enough for the beleaguered UK container hub port.

Not only are carriers levying congestion surcharges on embattled shippers using the port, which was described on LinkedIn yesterday as “not fit for purpose”, but The Loadstar now understands lines are quoting sky-high rates from Asia for shipments to Felixstowe in order to discourage bookings.

Instead of listening to its customers and trying to work with them through what everybody accepts is an exceptionally busy period, the port has unwisely decided to go on the attack, blaming its service providers and the media for “circulating misinformation”.

Here, our friends at Felixstowe Live have produced an excellent report on the VBS crisis engulfing “Britain’s premier port” – or is it more fake news?

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    November 01, 2020 at 11:44 am

    As the old local journo who made the video report, I think it’s pretty damn straight.
    Adan Searle has had a huge amount of feedback and support from the local haulage and freight forwarding industry, and we have had a similar amount of very supportive feedback locally.
    I’ve been reporting on the Port for many years, on and off, and most likely last fell out of favour when reporting on their nGen system install, back in 2018 . . .

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