UKWA CEO Peter Ward has reached out to key associations and ports to offer support to cargo owners seeking space as warehouse capacity reduces in the face of COVID-19 restrictions.
As recent research conducted by UKWA and Associate Member Bis Henderson consulting indicated, there is approximately only 1.2m pallet spaces available nationwide currently, which is being rapidly taken up due to the imbalance of continued inbound flows while outbound activity is either slowed or halted as shops and factories remain closed.
“We have asked the British Retail Consortium (BRC), Make UK and other organisations representing cargo owners to highlight UKWA’s Emergency Space Register, which lists available space and is updated weekly,” Peter explains.
“In the event of the UK warehousing marketplace reaching 100% capacity, cargo owners can still look to UKWA in partnership with Bis Henderson to support them in finding an off-dock storage solution for loaded containers. In addition to BRC and Make UK, we are also in communication with organisations including BIFA and the CBI, as well as the ports, all of whom have welcomed our initiative.”
UKWA is also working with the government’s Dft Freight Task Force to address the issue.