Houses have been left within the shadow of an enormous cargo ship stacked excessive with transport containers from China which has simply docked on the coast.

The MOL Treasure transport container arrived on the DP World Container Terminal on the Port of Southampton, bringing items from China into the UK.

The 400-metre vessel left Yantian on January 2 this yr, earlier than making a visit spanning 35 days, studies The Categorical.

In keeping with the most recent information, on the container ship port in Southampton, there are presently 14,991 container imports being dealt with.

On the identical time, there are 20,387 containers being exported.

Delivery delays on the finish of final yr noticed considerations that meals and toys may run out over Christmas, and consultants have warned delays will proceed by means of this yr.

Large containers like this one are resupplying a provide chain within the Uk that has been left depleted.

The lorry driver scarcity has contributed to disruption at UK ports.

In December Tim Morris, chief govt officer of the UK Main Ports Group, mentioned that commerce ports had turn out to be “the jam within the sandwich between surging, risky transport and UK provide chains badly impacted by components corresponding to HGV driver shortages”.

He mentioned: “Ports have taken important motion to answer the challenges and construct resilience.

“They’ve prolonged gate opening to 24/7, elevated capability for vehicles at peak hours, sought to maximise rail freight utilization throughout the important constraints of the community, created further space for storing and recruited extra individuals.

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“However the pressures are being exacerbated by well-publicised points impacting all UK provide chains, notably shortages of HGV drivers.

“Ports subsequently must handle entry to space for storing very dynamically in excessive conditions. This will imply some very restricted short-term restrictions.

“Ports are dedicated to working intently with clients and full provide chains to maintain items transferring.”

Retailers have highlighted explicit points in China and east Asia, the place pandemic restrictions and poor climate circumstances have affected transport.

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