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Honda ceases production at its Swindon plant due to a lack of auto parts after the chaos in the ports


Honda is suspending production at its Swindon plant due to lack of auto parts after the chaos in the ports was made worse by Covid. The carriers blame the new booking system and lack of shipping containers

  • The Honda Civic plant in Swindon has temporarily suspended production as of today
  • Disruptions in the port of Felixstowe have resulted in delays in the production of auto giants
  • Experts blame Covid-19 and the uncertainty about Brexit for major delays in the ports

Honda shut down production at its Swindon plant due to a shortage of auto parts after the chaos in the ports was caused by a new truck booking system and a shortage of shipping containers – in part due to Covid-19.

The factory responsible for producing the Honda Civic depends on parts arriving as needed rather than buying in bulk.

However, the disruption in the port of Felixstowe had a negative impact on deliveries.

The delays have been attributed to a new booking system in the UK's largest container port, which hauliers say is not working and preventing them from getting to the Suffolk construction site.

Shipping experts say delays were caused in part by uncertainty over a Brexit deal and ongoing problems due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Honda's Swindon plant is responsible for producing the Civic. A spokesman for the Japanese auto giant said he hopes to reopen "as soon as possible".

A statement posted on the port's website said: “The Port of Felixstowe, like other large container ports around the world, is still seeing an increase in container volume and is addressing the aftermath of the ongoing Covid pandemic.

'In addition, we have a large number of slow moving PSA containers that are taking up storage space.

"The current high volume is expected to continue into the new year. We are working hard to minimize the impact on day-to-day operations and maintain key supply chains."

Honda has temporarily suspended production at its Swindon facility after delays in ports resulted in critical parts not arriving on time

Honda has temporarily suspended production at its Swindon facility after delays in ports resulted in critical parts not arriving on time

Delays in the Port of Felixstowe have shifted reliance on locations in Southampton and the London Gateway. However, if problems persist, some items will be shipped to other locations in Europe before returning to the UK.

Honda has informed employees that production will cease today.

A spokesman for the Japanese auto giant told the BBC: "The situation is currently being monitored to restart production as soon as possible."

Logistics UK's Alex Veitch told BBC Radio 4 that there were three issues that were causing delays in ports to fill shipping containers.

He said: "You have Christmas shopping, it's always a busy time in logistics, you have coronavirus which is still causing disruption to the supply chain, not just in the UK and Europe but around the world, and now you've got it Customs, or rather the uncertainty surrounding customs.

“Companies make commercial decisions about when to move their goods to and from the UK if there is no agreement.

“There is an imbalance of containers that is really invisible to the daily punter, but it's really about those big boxes that move goods.

The disruptions caused by the coronavirus, the uncertainty about Brexit and a highly malicious booking system in the port of Felixstowe (picture) have led to delays in the import of goods into the UK

The disruptions caused by the coronavirus, the uncertainty about Brexit and a highly malicious booking system in the port of Felixstowe (picture) have led to delays in the import of goods into the UK

& # 39; This year there was a disruption to the container shipping market due to the initial suspension of production in China and the subsequent restart.

“Then you had a situation with the goods that arrived when Europe was at a standstill.

“It has been a bumpy ride all year round and it will be some time before container delivery returns to its normal process and arrangements.

“Companies buying and selling in and out of the EU now have to make commercial decisions based on great uncertainty.

Cargo that cannot arrive in UK ports is usually taken to large nearby ports such as Rotterdam and later returned to the UK, causing additional delays

Cargo that cannot arrive in UK ports is usually taken to large nearby ports such as Rotterdam and later returned to the UK, causing additional delays

"If you are trying to get things into this country, you now have an incentive to do so as you may be paying quite high import taxes on those goods in three weeks."

Cargo that cannot arrive in UK ports is usually taken to large nearby ports like Rotterdam and later returned to the UK, causing delays.

Delays in ports have also disrupted ginger supplies in supermarkets.

Asda said delays in November caused a "temporary shortage" but now it has "good availability for the future".

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