Supply chain chaos may WORSEN tomorrow with new border law

Supply chain chaos may WORSEN tomorrow as new border law means EU drivers will have to show passports to get into Britain with nightmare Christmas already looming

  • Tomorrow’s new immigration rules are part of measures to end free movement
  • The International Road Transport Union expects some drivers to be caught out
  • Home Office: EU ID cards are some of the ‘most insecure and abused documents
  • Rule change comes after a shortage of truck drivers led to supply chain issues
  • British families were told they may struggle to find certain items this Christmas
  • Retail analyst Clive Black warns turkeys could be replaced by nut roasts
  • Imminent changes to Britain’s border rules could compound existing issues for freight entering the United Kingdom, a global road transport body said.

    Under new immigrazione rules which come into force tomorrow as part of post-Brexit measures to end freedom of movement, Unione europea ID cards will no longer be accepted as proof of identity.

    Anziché, EU nationals will need a passport to enter the United Kingdom.

    The International Road Transport Union (IRU) detto quello, despite working closely with the British government to inform hauliers, some drivers were likely to be caught out.

    The border rule change comes as Britain struggles with a shortage of tens of thousands of truck drivers which has led to severe supply chain issues, with fuel stations running empty in recent days after a spate of panic-buying.

    From turkeys to toys: The festive items in peril this year

    From turkeys to toys: The festive items in peril this year

    Raluca Marian, IRU EU Advocacy Director, disse: ‘Aside from not seeing the real benefits of adding this layer of bureaucracy, and potentially affecting already difficult border freight flows post Brexit, we are also concerned that passports are generally more expensive than ID cards.

    ‘UK authorities need to implement the change from Friday respecting professional drivers, without unnecessary bureaucracy or causing border or supply chain disruptions that would compound the serious supply chain issues already being seen in the UK due to driver shortages.

    The Home Office, the government department that administers immigration policy, said ID cards are some of the ‘most insecure and abused documents’, and the haulage industry has had almost a year to prepare for the changes.

    Britain left the EU’s single market at the beginning of 2021, creating a full customs border with the bloc.

    però, London did not immediately bring in import checks on goods entering Britain to give businesses time to adjust amid concern they would lead to delays.

    All'inizio di questo mese, the government said those checks would now not be introduced until next year, citing the COVID pandemic as the reason.

    Today shoppers were warned that a raft of items from turkey to beer and electronic goods are under threat this Christmas amid the supply chain crisis.

    British families may also struggle to find toys, sofas and fizzy drinksand prices could rise due to the continuing labour shortages and shipping problems.

    Retail analyst Clive Black warned turkeys could be replaced by nut roasts and many people will ask ‘what the hell is thiswhen they look at their plate on Christmas Day.

    It comes as drivers continue to queue for petrol amid concerns over the fuel supply chain, with industry experts fearing the problems could last for up to a month.

    Hire low-level offenders to drive lorries amid fuel crisis, says Raab

    Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab has suggested offenders who have been given community sentences could be used to address the country’s lack of HGV drivers amid continuing concerns about fuel shortages.

    Mr Raab, who was made Justice Secretary in Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s recent ministerial reshuffle, has dismissed Labour’s call for 100,000 migrant visas to be issued to provide sufficient drivers.

    The former Foreign Secretary said the move would leave the country reliant in the long term on labour coming from abroad, and instead suggested the gap could be filled in another way.

    ‘We’ve been getting prisoners and offenders to do volunteering and unpaid work,’ Mr Raab told The Spectator, in comments carried by The Times. ‘Why not if there are shortages encourage them to do paid work where there’s a benefit for the economy, benefit for society?

    ‘If you give people skin in the game, give them something to lose, if you give them some hope, they’re much less likely to re-offend.

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    Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng admitted the fuel crisis could hit the festival season as he revealed the Government’s reserve tanker fleet would be deployed.

    Mr Black told I tempi: ‘I expect Christmas will be a nightmare for consumers. There will be food on supermarket shelves but there will be a distinct lack of choice.

    ‘Shortages of labour have meant businesses have not laid down the same number of turkeys or planted the same number of crops and the HGV driver shortage is compounding the problem.

    The Liverpool-based analyst with Shore Capital added: ‘A lot of people eating on Christmas Day will be asking ‘What the hell is this?’ It won’t be traditional.

    ‘They may be eating other meats and nut roasts. Equally if the CO2 (carbon dioxide) problem does not settle, expect beer and carbonated soft drinks to be in short supply and a lot more expensive.

    He said Christmas is ‘going to be much pricier generallyand predicted that shipping issues could bring shortages of toys, bikes, sofas and electronic goods.

    Mr Black also blasted David Kennedy, the director-general for food at the Department for Environment, Cibo e affari rurali, for being ‘a disgrace– and bemoaned what he described as a ‘mismanagement of the economy’.

    It comes after Mr Kwarteng was asked if the fuel crisis situation would continue in the run up to Christmas, e detto: ‘I’m not guaranteeing anything; all I’m saying is that I think the situation is stabilising.

    Di domenica, Kate Martin, chairman of the Traditional Farm-fresh Turkey Association (TFTA), warned Britain of a shortage of Christmas turkeys amid unprecedented demand and a farm labour shortage.

    She said that while small farms that use local workers and sell directly to customers have been less affected, supermarket supplies are likely to be hit by a shortage of skilled European employees after Brexit.

    The TFTA represents around 40 farms producing free-range birds that meet the ‘Goldenturkey quality assurance mark. It said some poultry farms have already had five times more orders this year than the same time in 2020.

    Tesco has already warned that a shortage of delivery drivers, which is causing empty shelves, could lead to panic buying in the lead-up to Christmas.

    The Government has announced a temporary visa scheme for 5,000 HGV drivers and 5,500 poultry workers brought in on three-month contracts to keep shelves stocked with turkeys and tackle fuel delivery difficulties.

    It comes as Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab has suggested offenders who have been given community sentences could be used to address the country’s lack of HGV drivers amid continuing concerns about fuel shortages.

    Long queues for petrol at an Asda in Bristol this morning as the fuel supply crisis continued

    Long queues for petrol at an Asda in Bristol this morning as the fuel supply crisis continued

    Vehicles queue to refill at a petrol station in London this morning amid the supply crisis

    Vehicles queue to refill at a petrol station in London this morning amid the supply crisis

    Panic buying sparked by concerns a lack of lorry drivers would prevent supplies reaching fuel pumps has brought long queues and pockets of aggression at petrol station forecourts over the last few days.

    Shore Capital retail analyst Clive Black said turkeys could be replaced by nut roasts

    Shore Capital retail analyst Clive Black said turkeys could be replaced by nut roasts

    Mr Raab, who was made Justice Secretary in Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s recent ministerial reshuffle, has dismissed Labour’s call for 100,000 migrant visas to be issued to provide sufficient drivers.

    The former Foreign Secretary said the move would leave the country reliant in the long term on labour coming from abroad, and instead suggested the gap could be filled in another way.

    It comes as motorists say there is still not enough fuel despite The Petrol Retailers Association (PER)’s latest survey of its members finding just over one-in-four had run dry, down from more than a third on Tuesday.

    Ministers said they expected the situation to improve further, with the first troops driving tankers expected to appear on the roads ‘in the next couple of days’.

    Some roads around London have become gridlocked as motorists hunted for stations that have fuel, with some carrying petrol cans, plastic jugs and water bottles to stock up, and there were even reports of violence in a handful of places.

    PRA executive director Gordon Balmer said forecourt staff were being subjected to a ‘high levelof physical and verbal abuse from frustrated motorists.

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