The UK’s road haulage sector faces significant challenges, with operational disruptions at the forefront. Extended delays at container ports are causing widespread shortages, leading to delays in stock replenishment and even resulting in empty supermarket shelves. These issues have a domino effect on haulage companies, leading to disrupted operations, cash flow difficulties, and an increased reliance on borrowing to remain operational.

The landscape is further complicated by the aftermath of the pandemic and Brexit, both of which have significantly impacted the volume of goods entering the country. Reports indicate a substantial decrease in container volume from China and ongoing disruptions to the flow of goods from Europe.

At Company Debt, we specialize in providing tailored insolvency and restructuring solutions for the haulage sector, leveraging our extensive experience to offer support during these turbulent times.

For a confidential, no-obligation discussion about your situation, please reach out to us. We’re here to help your haulage company find a path to stability and growth.

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What are the Reasons for Haulage Insolvency?

But more broadly, the sector is also affected by a severe shortage of drivers. This is not a popular career choice with many younger people, there is a shortage of overnight sleeping spaces, and the role can be seen as tiring, somewhat unsafe, and lonely. When older drivers retire, they are not easy to replace.

The Road Haulage Association says the shortage has reached 100,000 and it wants to see HGV drivers added to the Home Office Shortage Occupation List.

The government is supporting this though but instead has agreed on measures to alleviate the shortage, to include more driver training, a suspension of MOT testing, and to speed up the provision of HGV licenses from 1,500 a week to 2,000. But it wants the workforce to be from UK residents and has ruled out issuing temporary visas to non-UK drivers. The sector is also calling for more government help in the form of cashflow injections, deferment of tax payments, and delays to the launch of clean air zones by at least six months – to date, these have not been agreed upon.

Unsurprisingly, problems in the sector are now translating into more insolvencies.

Help for your insolvent haulage business

If your haulage business is experiencing difficulties, you should not delay seeking advice. Business owners need to address problems and if they put this off, then their options become more limited.

Company Debt provides expert support and advice on the next steps for an insolvent business, whether rescue, recovery, or liquidation.

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Rescue, Recovery, and Closure Options for Haulage Companies

We are fully licensed and accredited insolvency practitioners based in north London, and with decades of combined partner experience in helping directors find positive solutions to business challenges.

Our goal is first to understand your situation as fully as we can, and then to explain the range of options available to you.

We focus on practical advice, without jargon. We practice total transparency around costs and fee structures. Our wish is to support you as fully as possible so that you can emerge from this situation in the best possible situation.

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