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Ocean freight disruption could hasten re-positioning of supply chains 
 
The prolonged disruption to ocean freight logistics with continuing patterns of container equipment and vessel capacity shortages, port congestion and delays, could hasten structural change in global supply chains put to the severest of tests over the past 18 months. 
 
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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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European road freight prices leap as available capacity plummets 
 
European road freight spot prices jumped by more than 8% in May to a three-year high as available capacity plummeted to a three-year low, according to the latest monthly analysis by Transporeon, which attributed the changes largely to signs of economic recovery after the worst effects of the pandemic. 
 
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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 post-Brexit lorry management measures stood down 
 
Some post-Brexit road freight traffic management measures put in place ahead of the UK’s departure from EU rules on 1 January will be removed this month, “as trade returns to normal levels” the UK’s Department for Transport (DfT) today announced. 
 
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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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Decline in UK road-borne exports also hitting imports 
 
A lack of demand for road freight capacity from the UK, as a result of export volumes to the EU falling well short of normal levels almost one month after the end of the Brexit transition period, is making it difficult for importers to find trucks willing to make the journey to Britain because it is less financially worthwhile for hauliers than was previously the case, according to the Road Haulage Association (RHA). 
 
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