Gadget Lovers May Not Get Their Christmas Presents Until Easter As Dover Is Choked With 24-hour Queues Today With 2 000 More Lorries Than Usual Crossing Between Britain And Europe Every Day
Gadget lovers may not get their Christmas presents until Easter as Dover is choked with 24-hour queues today with 2,000 more lorries than usual crossing between Britain and Europe every day.
Apple has said its £550 Airpods Max are available for shipping from next Tuesday - but the earliest possible delivery date in the UK appears to be between March 16 and March 30 - two days before Good Friday.
Currys PC World, Argos and Amazon have all sold out of PS5 consoles with the delivery of many kitchen gadgets such as food processors, coffee machines, kettles, toaster and utensils delayed into January.
It came as 3-mile long queues of lorries snaked on the roads to Dover and the Channel Tunnel through the night and into today lays bare the disastrous crush at the nation's ports.
Emergency measures were imposed on roads across Kent - for the third day in a row - to try to manage a tidal wave of trucks now believed to be at 12,000 per day or more.
And the scenes have been seen at other ports around the UK, including Felixstowe and Southampton, as well as at ports in [/news/france/index.html France] as firms race to make deliveries in time for [/news/christmas/index.html Christmas].
The British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) today warned that its members say members are suffering three-week delays from China.
Will Jones, chief operating officer, told The Times: 'It's fair to say there will be people who won't be getting products in time for Christmas Day.
'Shoppers will start to see consumer choice particularly restricted in high volume products like kettles, toasters, coffee machines and kitchen utensils.
A lot of power tools are given as Christmas presents but I see availability might be restricted. Delivery dates are being pushed back to January, and some to February'.
The log-jam at container ports means many hauliers are switching to using ferries and the Channel Tunnel to make their delivery targets.
Around 2,000 extra trucks have been crossing through the Channel Tunnel every day, kynghidongduong.vn mostly into the UK, on top of the 10,000 already crossing in an average 24-hour period.
With Britain's ports choked with traffic, it also emerged:
Ursula von der Leyen has told European leaders a No Deal Brexit is now more likely than the EU and the UK agreeing a trade accord;Travellers coming to the UK from locations not on the travel corridor list will only need to self-isolate for tour thác bản giốc five days if they test negative for Covid-19, the Transport Secretary has announced;Migrants who are rescued during an attempted crossing of the English Channel will be banned from making a UK asylum claim while at sea under new laws being brought forward by the Home Office; A gloomy Dover today as delays at ports continue and are threatening to derail the delivery of Christmas gifts this year
Lorries queue on the route into Dover Port to board ferries to France, most are from Europe who have brought in goods for companies trying to avoid shipping routes
There were also long queues for freight trying to enter the Channel Tunnel in Folkestone this afternoon
Apple has said its £550 Airpods are available for shipping from next Tuesday - but the earliest possible delivery date in the UK appears to be between March 16 and March 30.
Amazon and many other retailers have sold out of PS5s
Emergency measures were imposed on roads across Kent - for the third day in a row - to try to manage a tidal wave of trucks now believed to be at 12,000 per day or more
The A20 is seeing lorries queue for more than three miles as they try to get across the Channel today
Lorries queue for the Port of Dover along the A20 in Kent late into the night as the Dover TAP (Traffic Access Protocol) is implemented due to high volumes of freight traffic
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Supermarkets including Tesco have been accused of making things worse as they stockpile dry goods from abroad claiming they must prepare for Brexit as Covid-19 causes a crisis in container shipping.
But Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden today hit back at the gloomy predictions of No Deal chaos, saying Britain would 'survive and thrive' without a trade deal with Brussels.
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