Sumary of Fears people will ‘struggle to get Christmas presents for their children’ amid supply chain woes:
- The Lintan, a 180-metre bulk carrier registered in Hong Kong, is at the dockside with its cargo of 15,000 pallets of plywood from China.
- The plywood should have come in steel shipping containers but a worldwide shortage means they had to be stacked in the hold, and are now being unloaded by British stevedores one at a time.
- And new red-tape in the shape of customs controls governing Europe, and a separate set of arrangements for Northern Ireland, have added cost and complexity.
- Image: Lord Frost has delayed implementing post-Brexit border controls on agri-food imports from EU While British businesses have faced full customs controls on exports to the EU since 1 January, EU exporters shipping to the UK have seen their goods waved through.
- Full Customs declarations for importers will be required from January, adding considerable red tape to what used to be a frictionless process.
- To operate and enforce the UK’s newfound control of its borders every substantial port, and a number of inland sites, require new Border Control Points (BCPs) capable of processing thousands of vehicles, and many of them are not ready.
- Image: The border control point building at Portsmouth remains under construction In Portsmouth, the new BCP, sited between Portico’s freight harbour and the international passenger terminal, is a skeleton of steel girders.
- One of the hold-ups, sources suggest without irony, is a global shortage of the truck-sized steel doors required.