The UK domestic haulage market is continuing to face a number of changes and challenges, impacting the entire industry.
Like all Import markets in EU, USA , Australia and New Zealand, the COVID-19-driven eCommerce spike resulted in an increased demand on space across the UK’s domestic delivery networks. This has affected the entire industry, from courier companies to pallet networks, through to national full load carriers.
Over recent weeks the demand for vehicle space and availability has further increased, exacerbated this week by the upcoming Bank Holiday in the UK/Ireland.
The lack of pallet movement supply has become severe, and the demand outweighs the capacity transport fleets around the UK and that of subcontractors used to support operators.
It has been widely reported , deliveries currently face at least 72-hours delay from availability through to final delivery.
The industry faces a number of issues at the moment which are hindering the implementation of immediate solutions:
- The well-publicised Heavy Goods Vehicle (HGV) driver shortage that has grown in severity as a result of:
- The return of some European drivers back to the continent post Brexit
- IR35 legislation reducing the availability of agency drivers.
- The reluctance of some European hauliers to send vehicles into the UK who would normally be available for some domestic work, cabotage allowing.
- A lack of new vehicle availability or hire vehicle supply in the marketplace if drivers can be found to be available.
ACA and our partners are working on accessing all available capacity and we will continue to drive for solutions to deliver your goods safely and on time.