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UK News Families urged to start Christmas shopping early amid logjams at ports

02:20  14 october  2021
02:20  14 october  2021 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Families have been warned to start shopping for Christmas now amid fears that supplies of toys, electrical goods and other products will be disrupted by logjams at UK ports . Retail leaders say the shortage of HGV drivers to carry loads from docks around the coast is threatening festivities and the He insisted the supply chain will not fail but told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme consumers should ‘be sensible, think ahead, plan appropriately and order your Christmas goods and the items that you need in a timely fashion to ensure you have them’. The British Retail Consortium’s Andrew Opie said

A container logjam at ports , including Felixstowe, and a shortage of HGV lorry drivers has sparked widespread concern among retailers about future stocks. Mr Grant said his 170 shops are looking "very full right now". But he added that demand "will outstrip availability" because there aren't enough Andrew Goodacre, chief executive of the British Independent Retailers Association, said there was "no need to panic buy" but advised customers to start their normal shopping process earlier . "If you see something you want, now is the time to buy as retailers have most of their Christmas stock, but we

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Families have been warned to start shopping for Christmas now amid fears that supplies of toys, electrical goods and other products will be disrupted by logjams at UK ports.

Retail leaders say the shortage of HGV drivers to carry loads from docks around the coast is threatening festivities and the wider economy.

Shipping giant Maersk has diverted some supersize vessels away from Felixstowe – the country’s largest container port – to alternatives on the Continent such as Antwerp and Rotterdam.

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It is hoped containers will then be transferred to smaller ships that should find it easier to get a berth at smaller UK docks.

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Parents are being urged to begin shopping for their children’s Christmas presents as soon as possible, amid fears of a toy shortage. With December 25th only 102 days away, families are being advised to start shopping for gifts for little ones sooner than usual. According to Frédérique Tutt, a global toy industry expert, “Shortages are a big concern for most makers. With anticipated supply chain shortages and resultant price increases on the cards, people need to shop early . “Retailers and brands are trying to bring their stock shipments forward, but are expecting shortages to hit well before

There have been people actually shopping for Christmas already,” says Big Fun Toys employee Toni Colombaroni. The push to shop earlier is related to several factors. There are supply chain and shipping issues, with cargo ships unable to pull into ports and unload products. “We don’t have the people to drive the trucks. Don’t have crane operators, don’t have laborers to fill containers or people at ports to unload them,” Gould says. And on top of the supply issues, demand for products is also up.

‘Britain’s Christmas is relying on a Dunkirk-style removal of goods from Europe on to smaller ships bound for ports across the UK,’ said David Jinks, of the parcel delivery firm ParcelHero.

‘That looks to be the only way to bring many Christmas gifts home.’

Peter Wilson, of the shipping agency Cory Brothers, said the UK has a ‘significant pinch point around HGV drivers and the demand on them to move goods from the ports’.

The problems are hitting deliveries of kitchen white goods, electrical appliances, toys, clothing and Christmas products, he added.

He insisted the supply chain will not fail but told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme consumers should ‘be sensible, think ahead, plan appropriately and order your Christmas goods and the items that you need in a timely fashion to ensure you have them’.

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Some people buy very early for Christmas , my wife is quite an early Christmas buyer, others buy later.“I would say just buy as you do normally.”Asked if everything would be fine for Father Christmas this year, he added: “Yes I have children myself.”The Suffolk port normally handles up to 40 per cent A cabinet minister told the public to shop “normally” this Christmas after shipping containers carrying toys were diverted from the country’s biggest port . Conservative party co-chair Oliver Dowden insisted he was “confident’ people would be able to get their toys this Christmas . It comes after the UK’s

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The British Retail Consortium’s Andrew Opie said: ‘Congestion at Felixstowe is yet another unwanted side-effect of the HGV driver shortage.

‘As cargo cannot be removed fast enough, there is a backlog of containers at the ports preventing new ships from docking and unloading.

‘Retailers are working with suppliers to mitigate issues, including finding alternative routes to bring goods into the country, but further disruption may be unavoidable.’

The British Toy and Hobby Association said: ‘We expect continued disruption to delivery schedules… over the coming months.

‘There are plenty of toys to choose from presently but, in common with other sectors’ advice, buying early – especially if buying for a Christmas or a birthday present – is prudent.’

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“There will also be some inconsistency of supply through the Christmas period because most people ordered Christmas stock for delivery in October, November, and there’s a really high inconsistency of supply.” Australian Retail Association CEO, Paul Zahra, agreed, urging both retailers and customers “Retailers are having to order stock much earlier than they normally would, with most larger retailers building up healthy inventory levels to ensure that they can satisfy their customers,” he said. “The key message for consumers in all of this is don’t leave your Christmas shopping until the last minute.”

He told BBC News: ‘There’ll never be toy shops with no toys. There will be toy shops without all the toys that they would normally expect to have.

'That is largely down to transportation and warehouse issues, rather than there being a shortage of toys.’

Alex Hersham, of the freight forwarding company Zencargo, used by brands including Vivienne Westwood, Swoon Furniture and Soho Home, said: ‘Some containers have been sitting at Felixstowe for double the usual length of time – between ten and 20 days – pushing the port towards capacity.

‘With Felixstowe handling almost 40 per cent of all the containers coming to and from the UK, this adds yet more imbalance to Britain’s supply chain.’

But Tim Morris, of the UK Major Ports Group, said: ‘There’s no need to panic. The global supply chains are very busy but they’re robust.

‘There’ll be some short-term fluctuations but retailers, their suppliers, all the logistics companies that work in between the manufacturing and the sales side will be working hard to keep supplies moving.’

Tory party co-chairman Oliver Dowden insisted the Government is ‘working through these challenges’, for example by boosting training places for HGV drivers.

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Asked about Christmas, he said: ‘I’m confident people will be able to get their toys for Christmas. Some people buy very early for Christmas… others buy later. I would say just buy as you do normally.’

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