Southampton Port Restitution Issues
The volume of containers at the congested Southampton port has led to some carriers insisting on empty containers being returned to other ports.
With congestion, driver and transport issues continuing to impact deliveries, carriers MSC and CMA-CGM are now unable to restitute their containers back to the port.
These restitution issues mean that empty containers must be returned to ports such as Portsmouth, Portbury and even London Gateway, with an extra journey being incurred during the round trip process.
Unfortunately, this is currently resulting in additional costs being incurred for container transport on imports with both of these steamship lines, and other carriers could follow.
Both lines are reportedly working with the port to come up with solutions, with a view to reopening their Southampton restitution soon.
The Atlantic Pacific team are continuing to monitor the situation closely. If you require further information, or are concerned about current shipments, then please do not hesitate to contact one of the team.