Lockdown of Thousands of Truckers in Dover: Heroes, resilience

Barcelona, December 24, 2020.- The news agency Reuters has published the following information about the thousands of trucks trapped in Dover, on the border between France and the UK.

Reuters: Stanislaw Olbrich, a 55-year-old truck driver stranded 24 miles north of Dover after much of the world shut borders to Britain, just wants to get home for Christmas with his wife and three children in southern Poland.

Many countries, including the rest of Europe, closed their borders to Britain after Prime Minister Boris Johnson effectively cancelled Christmas for millions because of an infectious new coronavirus strain.

For Olbrich, the border closures are a frustrating illustration of just how disruptive COVID-19 has become to normal life.

As Britain heads towards a Brexit cliff edge on Dec. 31, Olbrich also suspects politics may be at play.

“I take freight to Britain and I can’t go back home because of (the) stupid virus. But I don’t know if it is the virus – I think it’s politics,” Olbrich told Reuters at Ashford International Truckstop around 24 miles (39 km) north of Dover.

“It’s very difficult for me because I am away. My chances of going home for Christmas are going down. It’s stupid and I am nervous and unhappy about that.”

Olbrich has been trucking since 2004, working two weeks on and two weeks off, bringing freight to Britain and then returning with a load to Poland.

The novel coronavirus, which emerged in Wuhan, China last year, has killed nearly 1.7 million people, destroyed swathes of the global economy and upended normal life – including Ramadan, Diwali and Christmas – across the world.

A plethora of vaccines had offered hope that 2021 could be different, but Johnson on Saturday convened a press conference to warn about a virulent new strain of the virus.

France promptly closed its border to UK traffic, forcing ferries and the Channel Tunnel to stop services. While freight can still enter the United Kingdom, drivers are unlikely to risk getting trapped until the border reopens. 

The freight industry estimates that of the truck drivers operating in Britain, around 80% are employed by EU-owned businesses. Many drivers were delivering to British companies that are stockpiling goods before the end of the year.

Surrounded by about 200 other stranded trucks in Ashford, Olbrich said his boss told him about the closed border late on Sunday after a break.

He might not get back home to Bielsko-Biala, southern Poland, for Christmas with his family.

“They need me to come for Christmas – it is a very special holiday in Poland. For Polish people it is very hard to be away at Christmas,” Olbrich said.

10 recommendations to automate your warehouse, today: Technological and human

Barcelona, December 14, 2020.- Technological solutions are the first step of any automation in the supply chain and more specifically, in a warehouse.However, there are more variables to manage and plan. Above all, with the training and added value of each professional involved. Here we read the recommendations of John Rosenberger, Director of iWAREHOUSE GATEWAY and Global Telematics, The Raymond Corporation, published in Inbound Logistics.

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Maritime transport between Asia and Europe increases its prices by 25%

Barcelona, December 4, 2020.- Despite the global economic recession, maritime traffic has started to increase its prices, at least between Asia and Europe. This has been reported by the publication Splas247.com: As analysts have been predicting, spot rates on the Asia-Europe container tradelane shot up today, playing belated catch-up with the booming transpacific.

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