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Huge mountain of freight containers appears in field near Eye amid Felixstowe port supply problems



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A 60-foot-high mountain of shipping containers has appeared close to a small Suffolk market town amid fears driver shortages could continue to cause problems in the run-up to Christmas.

Hundreds of the steel containers are being stored on a former airfield site off the A140 near Eye, just 26 miles from Britain's biggest freight port at Felixstowe.

They are being stacked on land owned by a prestige car dealership and are thought to be empty.

Hundreds of shipping containers have been stacked up near Eye with many motorists left questioning why they are there. Picture: SWNS
Hundreds of shipping containers have been stacked up near Eye with many motorists left questioning why they are there. Picture: SWNS

The 350-foot-long container mountain began to grow at the site on a light industrial estate close to the town though the reasons for its appearance were not clear.

Earlier this year container ships were forced to divert from Felixstowe due to lack of drivers and labour shortages which hampered efforts to unload and reload ships.

Industry experts have said some hauliers are finding it cheaper to store empty containers outside ports, or there is limited capacity ahead of Christmas.

Shipping containers being stored on a former airfield site off the A140 near Eye. Picture: SWNS
Shipping containers being stored on a former airfield site off the A140 near Eye. Picture: SWNS

Felixstowe Port said it doesn't know anything about the metal mountain, as shipping companies and hauliers aren't under any obligation to tell the port about their container arrangements.

Car and commercial vehicle dealer Roy Humphreys confirmed the shipping containers were on its land and not owned by them, but they did not want to comment further.

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