Despite strong lobbying from the Freight Transport Association (FTA) and other bodies the Port of Felixstowe have confirmed it will be going ahead with the charge for booking peak period slots for vehicles under its Vehicle Booking System (VBS).
The Port of Felixstowe, which handled 42pc of total UK container traffic in 2012, are justifying these costs and recently commissioned a study by consultants MDS Transmodal, the outcome of which it contends, shows Felixstowe is still a more cost-effective option.
The costs will no doubt need to be passed on through the supply chain to be recovered from the ultimate customer, resulting in additional administrative burden and costs for hauliers and freight forwarders.
At Digital Mailroom we are not in a position to influence POF to remove these charges, however we can help logistics companies, hauliers and freight forwarders reduce the costs involved in processing invoices they receive from the port.
The Accounts Payable Automation Service from DMR enables invoices to be automatically processed into business systems. Container charges at line level can be matched with costs and estimates, enabling individual charges to be accurately passed on to customers, with almost no manual intervention. Invoices are also securely electronically archived removing paper from the office.
For a limited time only Digital Mailroom are offering a Free two week trial of this service to Hauliers and Freight Forwarders that process Port of Felixstow invoices.