The UK’s road haulage sector is described as being in a state of crisis, with long delays at container ports and resulting in shortages that are increasingly translating into hold-ups with stock and even empty supermarket shelves. The knock-on effect for haulage companies is disrupted work, cashflow problems, and increased borrowing to stay in business.

The pandemic and Brexit will be influences and have resulted in fewer goods coming into the country. It is said container volume from China fell by 70% last year and the flow of goods from Europe became increasingly disrupted.

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Haulage Companies Pressure Points

Chaos and congestion at container ports
Cashflow problems increasing
Shortage of drivers

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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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.

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