Hundreds of containers are blocked at the British port of Felixstow in north east London, due to a lack of passengers in the UK. In Great Britain 36% of the volume of cargo passes through airports, where there are growing concerns about deliveries in the wake of Christmas. The Maersk Shipping Company was forced to hijack some of its larger ships at other ports. British Conservative Party co-chair Oliver Dowden said the situation was “improving” and “believed people will be able to get their toys for Christmas”. Widespread shortages are still reported across the UK, as long lines have been shown at petrol stations or empty supermarket shelves in recent weeks. The causes of this crisis are varied, partly related to the adjustment of global supply chains after the pandemic lockdown. But Britain is suffering more than other countries because of a shortage of truck drivers: the combination of Brexit and the pandemic has prompted many EU workers to leave the UK and return home.
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