Consumers are already anticipating a shortage. By last month, a farmer in Leeds said his customers had ordered all of the 3,500 turkeys he had raised for Christmas. This is the first time.
Due to the shortage of truck drivers, there is a sporadic shortage of staples such as eggs, milk and baked goods. One in six people in the UK said they couldn’t buy certain essential foods in recent weeks because they weren’t available, according to a report from the National Bureau of Statistics, which surveyed about 3,500 households.
Some consumers recently interviewed said they had no problems finding what they wanted in the grocery store. However, 22-year-old Melliem Maddy, who moved from Italy to Colchester in southeast England last month to attend college, struggled to find what she needed at Tesco, Britain’s largest supermarket chain, a local grocery store. Said. “All dried foods like pasta and canned fruits are gone every day,” she said. Tesco did not respond to requests for comment.
In search of a quick solution, 200 military personnel in combat uniform arrived at the refinery on Monday to assist in fueling gas stations. About half of them drive private vehicles and the others provide logistical support. “As a special precaution, we installed an additional driver,” Snack said.
The government said over the weekend that foreign workers had extended thousands of temporary visas to work in the UK until the first few months of next year. However, economists said temporary visas are unlikely to be sufficient to make a big difference, as all links in the supply chain are lacking.
Professor Robert Elliott of the University of Birmingham said: He said it was difficult to say how much of the supply chain problem was the result of a Brexit vs. pandemic, but nevertheless the government chose a policy that did not improve the situation. He said the government is underinvesting in training workers to drive trucks and too few young people are seeking a profession to replace retired young people.