The Daily Telegraph - Business

Family staycation­s hit by summer essentials supply crunch

- By Laura Onita

TENTS, picnic baskets and garden toys are among the summer essentials that have been hit by supply chain disruption and a spike in sales.

Almost two thirds of UKbased suppliers have reported import delays in the past month, with four out of five concerned they will run out of stock, partly due to pent-up demand. Customs clearance platform KlearNow said that the recent removal of Portugal from the green travel list is set to contribute to shortages as more Britons spend their summer holidays at home.

Sam Tyagi, its chief executive, said that some importers were experienci­ng “weeks” of delays on goods that were stuck on container ships in the wrong parts of the world.

Camping equipment, which has seen a spike in orders due to staycation­s, is largely made in China, and is among the products facing delays. Similarly, garden furniture and toys are also affected. The issues have been exacerbate­d by delays because of Brexit red tape as well as the recent lockdown and the shipping chaos caused by the Suez Canal blockage, say suppliers.

Heather Attwooll, of family owned camping and outdoor retailer Attwoolls, is still waiting on orders placed in October and has nine containers of outdoor clothing, camping gear and hiking equipment stuck in Egypt.

Mr Tyagi said: “A combinatio­n of Covid restrictio­ns, the backlog from the Suez Canal, increasing global demand for shipping containers, disruption caused by India’s public health crisis and a shortage of packaging materials means UK businesses are struggling to meet summer demand. With competitio­n for container space so high, some smaller businesses are simply being priced out of landing the goods they need.”

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