Britain said on Wednesday that people would shop as usual for Christmas and there would be no shortage of gifts as shipping containers carrying toys and electrical goods from the country’s biggest port were diverted as it was full.
Maersk, the world’s largest container shipping company, has diverted some ships from the port of Felixstowe in eastern England because a lack of truck drivers meant there was nowhere left to stack containers at the port.
“I believe people will be able to get their toys for Christmas,” Oliver Dowden, co-chair of the Conservative Party, told Sky. He said he was sure Christmas gifts would be distributed this year.
Dowden, who is a cabinet minister without portfolio in the Cabinet Office, said issues at the port were looming and the supply chain problems facing the world’s fifth-largest economy were global – such as a shortage of truck drivers and port congestion.
“The situation is improving,” Dowden said, referring to Felixstow, which handles 36 percent of the country’s containerized cargo.
Asked if people should start shopping for Christmas now, he said: “I’d say buy as you normally would.”
He said that Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who is on leave abroad, is very involved with domestic and international issues. “She’s too busy with work.”
The UK economy is projected to grow at 6.8% this year, the International Monetary Fund said, the fastest growth among the leading G7 economies, although supply chain disruptions and inflationary pressures continue to disrupt the global economy, the International Monetary Fund said. he said.
The UK economy returned to growth in August after contracting for the first time in six months in July.
But its exit from the European Union has compounded some of the problems by limiting immigration.
There is a shortage of around 100,000 truck drivers in the UK, leading to queues at gas stations and concerns about getting food at supermarkets, with butchers and warehouse workers also a cause for concern.
Two sisters who run a pig farm in northeastern England urged Johnson to lift strict immigration rules for butchers or risk the pork sector collapsing under the weight of overly obese animals.
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