Honda halts UK production amid COVID-19 shipping delays

LONDON (AP) — Honda has temporarily halted production at its plant in England after shipping delays linked to the COVID-19 pandemic and preparations for Brexit left it with a shortage of parts. The company said it was forced to make the decision because “transport-related” delays left it short of parts. The factory relies on parts to be delivered “just in time” for use. Honda is one of many businesses affected by severe congestion at some of the U.K.’s container ports. The bottlenecks are blamed on a combination of international shipping disruptions brought by the pandemic, a surge in imports ahead of Christmas, and companies stockpiling to prepare for uncertainty surrounding Britain’s final departure from the European Union single market.