Again and again the Eurotunnel is blocked and on both sides of the channel lorries are stuck in jams many miles long. Freight forwarders and road hauliers are losing money every minute a lorry is stuck and companies are waiting in vain for the goods ordered.
The freight industry are these days in need of all their ”creative” skills to find alternative routes as the refugee crisis at Calais/Dover persists. The transport industry’s customers are having great trouble exporting their goods to Europe’s mainland. EU countries are the largest export customers for the UK goods industry. Very unfortunate, the loads and goods are also being damaged as well as the vehicles in the refugees’ attempts to board the lorries.
In particular, the shipping companies and the air freight industry can feel the effect of the Calais crisis, but in their case a positive effect. The lorries are forced to take the ferries, while other freight forwarders changes the goods export route into the air as air cargo. The freight industry is struggling to keep up with their part of the supply chain and get the goods to the customers in time in spite of the Calais/Dover traffic jam.
A loss of 250 mill. pounds
According to the Freight Transport Association the freight industry is experiencing a loss of 750.000 pounds – every day! In total this sums up to a loss of 250 mill. pounds. The UK export is standing still and it is not only the freight industry which suffers.
According to the Road Haulage Association, approx. 2,5 million lorries and HGVs per annum are driving to the mainland transporting goods with a total value of around 200 billion pounds. Almost 7000 lorries and HGVs have been ”trapped” on the English side of the channel. This meant that manufacturing companies have been forced to shut the production down. It even affected the fishing industry in Scotland as Scottish fishing boats did not sail out as they were not sure that their catch would be able to make it to the mainland in time.
The Eurotunnel administration also had a financial situation as they had to pay for security measure. The total cost in the first half of the year was 13 mill. EUR and the Eurotunnel now demand the larger part of this amount from France and the UK.
EU has also involved themselves in the situation and has announced a support of France and UK with 20 mill. EUR for France and 27 mill. EUR for UK which UK already received. But this is still not going to solve the Calais situation fast enough and the freight industry will furtheron have be find alternative routes or transportation.