On some supermarket fruit and vegetable shelves, there are signs of shortages amid warnings that supplies are being squeezed by Brexit red tape at ports. Unfortunately, this is exacerbated by Covid-related staff shortages at food producers.
On Tesco’s website, lettuce, cauliflower packs, oranges, strawberries, raspberries and blueberries are listed as ‘out of stock’ in some areas. Prepared carrots, cauliflower and broccoli were among the fruit and vegetables listed as being unavailable on Ocado’s.
Meanwhile, food industry experts and the Cabinet minister with responsibility for Brexit, Michael Gove, have warned that problems at the ports are likely to escalate from today as the number of trucks going through Dover and the Channel Tunnel rises to normal levels after a New Year lull as the French step up enforcement of post-Brexit paperwork.
Dailymail.co.uk quoted freight expert John Shirleyas saying: ‘The chaos has begun. Organising even the simplest load to Europe has become an almost impossible task due to the mountain of red tape brought in on January 1.’
The Road Haulage Association said there are already logjams and this situation will escalate when border controls with France are stepped up from today.