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Driver shortages ‘pushing UK logistics towards unprecedented crisis’ 
 
Road freight groups call for urgent measures including EU drivers to qualify for a UK work visa under the UK Shortage Occupations List. 
 
UK national road freight network operator Pall-Ex Group has joined other leading logistics businesses to highlight “the growing crisis” faced by the UK road freight sector due to “crippling HGV driver shortages”, calling for a number of measures by the UK government to urgently to help alleviate the crisis. 
 
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UK extends driver hours relaxation due to haulier shortage 
 
Business group Logistics UK has reacted with dismay to yesterday’s announcement of the continued relaxation of drivers’ hours legislation until 8 August 2021, which governs the length of time HGV drivers are legally expected to work. 
 
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P&O FERRIES’ DOVER-CALAIS FLEET BACK TO FULL STRENGTH AS FIFTH SHIP SETS SAIL ON RETURN TO SERVICE 
 
The Pride of Burgundy – P&O Ferries fifth ship on its Dover-Calais route – arrived yesterday at the Port of Dover, returning to service with its first sailing in over a year. 
 
With capacity to carry 120 lorries, the 28,000-ton Pride of Burgundy will return in freight-only mode, making two return journeys each day. The addition of a fifth ship comes in response to growing demand from British and European customers and will expand options for those requiring rapid and reliable transportation of goods between pivotal markets. 
 
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Supply chain disruption set to hit Amazon ‘Prime Day’ 
 
E-commerce is set for another mini-peak in volumes over the next couple of days generated by an anticipated record Amazon annual Prime Day megasale. 
 
However, the two-day discount bonanza could be affected by the well-documented widespread supply chain bottlenecks, making it more challenging to stock stores and distribution centres and keep up with consumer demand. 
 
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Truck driver shortages to worsen significantly 
 
Truck driver shortages are expected to worsen significantly this year, a leading trade body has warned. 
 
The penury is expected to increase by over a quarter on 2020 levels in almost all of the 23 countries included in a recent global survey of road transport firms conducted by the International Road Transport Union (IRU). 
 
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Driver shortage will undoubtedly hit the consumer 
 
The UK is facing a massive reduction in the number of qualified HGV drivers, which has been exacerbated by Brexit, the Covid-19 pandemic and recent IR35 tax changes. 
 
The RHA has warned the Government that the UK’s ongoing HGV driver shortage will inevitably have an impact on the consumer, as the price of goods on the shelves is set to rise. 
 
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UK announces Covid tests for inbound hauliers 
 
Hauliers arriving in England from outside the UK from 6 April onwards will need to take a COVID-19 test if they are staying for more than two days, the UK government has announced, as the country bids to limit the numbers of infections of potentially vaccine-resistant variations of the virus. 
 
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Disruption to cross-Channel trade if France added to COVID 'red list' 
 
Travel to and from France may be banned to control the spread of a 'third wave' of COVID-19 coronavirus from mainland Europe despite the move creating a risk of “very serious disruption” to food and medicine supplies, according to Boris Johnson. 
 
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New EU country measures bring border chaos to goods transport 
 
The International Road Transport Union (IRU) has urged the European Union (EU) to “stand firm” against new COVID-19 measures imposed by several member states,which it says are beginning to cause chaos to goods transport by road across Europe, in particular, on the key trade route from Italy northwards across the Brenner Pass, as well as on East-West corridors. 
 
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Global supply chains ‘unlikely to fully recover this year’ 
 
Supply chain industry executives hold little hope for a global recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic in 2021, although many still see opportunities to increase business activity in emerging markets, despite a shift in the factors driving such investments, the annual Agility Emerging Markets Logistics Index survey today reveals. 
 
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