See, but if they do that for the UK, then they have to do it for everywhere, so the relative number going to the UK by and large doesn’t matter.
I’d say the real reason delivery had been such a problem is mostly due to the just-in-time (i.e. still building the machine when they ask for your address) shipping method. Since they don’t know exactly when yours will come off the build line and finish factory testing, the shipping time swings quite a bit. That swing can come from getting a shipment of parts for the other module, bad weather, shark attacks, you name it I guess that it cuts down on storage costs since they never have more than a handful of working machines lying around, but it would be nice if they had just gone with building as many as they can and only asking for shipping address once one was completely done and packaged. That would have cut the shipping window a lot. Alas, that is but a pipe dream.