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UK haulage shortages hit McDonald’s, Nando’s and other leading firms 
 
Fast-food giant McDonald’s has joined a growing list of companies forced to cut parts of their services or operations in the UK due to shortages of stock caused by the country’s lorry driver crisis, which is adding to stock problems caused by blockages in intercontinental supply chains. 
 
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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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Port congestion and rising demand forces carriers into schedule adjustments 
 
Increased demand and worsening port congestion in Asia is forcing the east-west alliance carriers to temporarily adjust their liner service networks. 
 
With long waits for berths on the US west coast and at several North European ports, attempts by shipping lines to recover a vessel’s schedule are being thwarted. 
 
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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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Yantian ‘contagion’ will spread around the world 
 
Long-suffering cargo owners face another wave of pain as the terminal congestion from the coronavirus outbreak in southern China threatens to ripple around the world. 
 
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E-commerce logistics market grew 27% in 2020 
 
The global e-commerce logistics market grew by more than a quarter in 2020 – an estimated 27.3% – to around $368 billion and is forecast to expand to €557 billion by 2025, according to new research by Transport Intelligence (Ti). 
 
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Ports prepare for Suez surge 
 
Following the refloating of the 20,000 teu Evergreen containership ‘Ever Given’ that has been blocking the Suez Canal for the best part of a week, attention is now turning to the surge of imports that are due to arrive at Europe’s shores as a backlog of vessels begin to transit the canal. 
 
Among those ships that have been waiting to transit the canal are 100 containerships with an aggregated capacity of 1m teu, according to figures from Lloyd’s List Intelligence. While some of that cargo is outbound or empties, on average 52% of canal capacity each week is northbound to Europe. 
 
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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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No let-up expected in buoyant air cargo market 
 
High demand will continue to buoy air cargo charter activity over the next few months, consolidating the strong start to 2021, although prices may cool somewhat from their current high levels, according to a leading air freight broker. 
 
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