December Update


Kukla UK are delighted to announce that John Hay will be joining us as Commercial Manager
Kukla Beverage Logistics has a new Commercial Manager to strengthen its growing business and commercial partnerships in the beverage industry.

John Hay begins his new role at the start of January 2022 and brings with him a wealth of beer, wine and spirits experience. He was previously with JF Hillebrand and until recently, a director at Origin Wines and Hun Wines.

New customer booklet Changes to Exporting rules from the EU to the UK (REX)
GVMS and REX procedures – click here to download our guide to help you through the changes that are coming in from January 1st.

Join us for a fun end of year quiz
The winner will receive some spirits to get 2022 off to a good cheer! The quiz can be found here.


As 2021 comes to an end and 2022 is only a few days away, the pressures on supply chains worldwide doesn’t seem to have eased as much as we had hoped.

Though there are some signs emerging from reports on the HGV situation showing that the crisis is still ongoing but manageable and 2022 will see improvements.

Concerns about UK and USA labor issues following driver shortages, could mean the price of wine may have to increase during 2022. Read the Decanter story here.

Road Freight (Europe)

Two reports looking at the HGV situation

Recovery hopes emerging from reports
A new report published on 6th December 2021 by business group Logistic UK shows the situation will improve regarding the shortage of HGV drivers. Read the logistics story here.

Bulletin from the Driver Require Think Tank
The Driver Require Think Tank has just released a new Bulletin which provides new insight into the UK’s HGV driver shortage following the release of the latest data from the Office for National Statistics (“ONS”). Read the Driver Require bulletin here.

Sea Freight (Europe)

Felixstowe port avoided to evade congestion
Felixstowe, the UK’s largest container port, has had the most vessel calls cancelled more than any other European port, as carriers seek to avoid terminals affected by congestion. Read the Lloyds Loading List story here.

Ocean Freight 2022 market predictions
Container shipping markets are hard to predict for 2022 as unpredictable elements could make a big impact and have a high chance of happening. Read the Lloyds Loading List story here.

Rail Freight (Europe)

UK Underground Freight Route Opens
A £200m railway tunnel recently opened in the UK. The Werrington Tunnel will help to take rail freight off the East Coast Main Line near Peterborough. Read the BBC story here.

New TEN-T Regulation Proposal
The CER, EIM and UNIFE, have all welcomed the European Commission’s proposal for the revision of the trans-European transport network regulation to ensure modal shift to rail can be achieved to reduce transport emissions. Read the Global Railway review story here.