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Confusion over UK freeports plans, survey finds 
 
Most firms still do not have a full understanding of how UK freeports will operate and be governed, several months after eight winning bids were announced for the new economic zones, a survey of UK businesses has found. 
 
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Ocean freight spot rates continue to surge 
 
Ocean freight spot rates have continued to surge over the last week, with average rises close to 5% compared with the previous week across the eight major East-West trades assessed by container shipping specialist Drewry, and further rises expected this week. 
 
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South China port disruptions ‘could extend to Christmas’ 
 
Dwell times at the major ports in and around the south China city of Shenzhen “remain disruptively high”, despite trending downward in recent days with the Port of Yantian at full capacity again, according to freight visibility platform Project44. 
 
It said the data suggests that disruptions related to China’s COVID-19 quarantine efforts could extend well into the year, impacting seasonal shipments as far out as Christmas. 
 
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Shipper competition driving up ocean freight rates 
 
Rates will keep rising while there is more cargo than capacity to ship it, with some cargo owners on long-term contracts and high volumes benefitting from their scale and gaining a significant competitive advantage 
 
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