Felixstowe revises port charges

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Felixstowe has revised its decision to charge hauliers £2 to book slots during peak periods. The proposed charge came under the port’s vehicle booking system, designed to better manage congestion and reduce turn around times.
The Freight Transport Association supports the decision, having expressed overall concerns with VBSs.
Christopher Snelling, head of global supply chain policy at FTA, said: “While VBSs can reduce waiting times at ports they are still a significant cash cost to users as there is a £21 no-show fee every time a haulier misses a slot, with no corresponding recompense from the port if it fails to deliver on its promises on turnaround times.  In addition they add a significant burden to the costs to business due to the expense of administering the scheme.”
The FTA hopes the decision will encourage Southampton, which is still charging £1 per peak booking, to follow suit.

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