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Disruption to global shipping investigated by International Trade Committee

26 November 2021

The International Trade Committee will investigate rises in the cost of international shipping at 10.00am on Wednesday 1 December.  

Recent months have seen concerns over steep spikes in container prices, with reports of prices for some containers more than quadrupling during the pandemic. 

MPs are likely to use the session with experts and leaders in shipping and retail to explore the impact of coronavirus on supply chains, the issues facing UK ports, and the impact on importers, exporters and consumers. 

The Committee is also likely to examine the obstruction of the Suez Canal in March by the Ever Given container ship, and the event’s implications for supply chains and the wider industry. 

The session forms part of the Committee’s inquiry into UK trade negotiations. 


Wednesday 1 December 2021

From 10.00am 

  • Michelle Wiese Bockmann, Markets Editor at Lloyd’s List
  • Andrew Goodacre, Chief Executive at British Independent Retailers Association
  • Tim Morris, Chief Executive at UK Major Ports Group
  • Gavin Simmonds, Policy Director Commercial at UK Chamber of Shipping

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