Staycationers facing shortage of camping gear and garden furniture | Wales
According to experts, inventory levels of summer necessities such as tents, picnic baskets and garden toys have been hit hard due to supply chain issues and pent-up demand.
Around 60% of UK-based suppliers have experienced import delays in the past month, with more than four in five feared they are running out of stock and having difficulty sourcing additional goods.
The chief of customs clearance platform KlearNow said he believes a perfect storm is coming as families are urged to move away from foreign holidays. to avoid Portugal from the UK government’s green list and no other countries added.
Sam Tyagi said UK importers are waiting for goods that were supposed to arrive in the UK weeks ago but are still on container ships in the completely wrong parts of the world.
Brexi Delays in paperwork and recent bans also play an important role, according to suppliers.
Mr. Tyagi: “A combination of Covid-19 restrictions that Residue from the Suez Canal blockade, increasing global demand for shipping containers, disruption of shipping India’s public health crisis and a lack of packaging means UK businesses are already struggling to meet summer demand.
“With such high competition for container space, some smaller companies are simply paid out of landing the goods and materials they need.”
The boss said smaller retailers are struggling the most and may miss the opportunity to win back much-needed business that was lost during the pandemic.
The Ever Given was dumped in the Suez Canal for almost a week in March, and the impact is still affecting supply chains Photo credit: Suez Canal Authority via AP
Camping equipment has seen a boom as vacationers plan stays, but with much of it made in China, delays remain on the Suez Canal due to the backlog of a ship that recently got stuck there.
Garden furniture and toys are also arriving from China and struggling with the same delays.
Recent reports suggest that commodities are already seeing record levels of inflation and the hospitality shutdown for several months is at play, Tyagi said.
He explained: “Street food needs one-way packaging. Without them, vendors cannot ship or serve their products.
“The irony here is that the hospitality shutdown is responsible for the lack of proper street food packaging. Most street food packaging begins life as waste paper, most of which comes from pubs, bars and restaurants. “
Heather Attwooll from the family’s camping and outdoor outfitter Attwoolls is still waiting for orders in October and has stuck nine containers with outdoor clothing, camping equipment and hiking equipment in Egypt due to the blockade of the Suez Canal.
Around 4.5 million are planning a “stay,” said Visit England England Photo credit: PA
She said, “The holiday in early May was the busiest holiday we have ever seen. The demand for camping and outdoor gear is clearly there.
“There is a risk that small businesses like ours will soon be unable to meet this demand due to supply chain issues beyond our control. All of the garden furniture that we normally get from China was bought by Walmart, for example. “
The additional paperwork caused by Brexit also contributes to the delays.
Kimberley Bolton of pet retailer Travfurler has similar problems and warns of a shortage of popular products.
“We had delays importing pet GPS trackers from Austria and can no longer replenish them because the Austrian supplier was unable to meet our shipping conditions prior to Brexit. We also had long delays importing pet health products from Hungary. “
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