Home > Agriculture > N Ireland shops face empty shelves as Brexit hits supply chains

N Ireland shops face empty shelves as Brexit hits supply chains

Written by Business World, on 12th Jan 2021. Posted in Agriculture

article headline

The Financial Times has today reported that supermarkets in Northern Ireland are struggling to fill their shelves because of the new post-Brexit trading arrangements, with hundreds of products caught up in supply-chain delays.
 
The new rules are part of the Northern Ireland protocol — the mechanism agreed by the UK and EU in 2019 to avoid a hard border on the island of Ireland.

Under the protocol, Northern Ireland continues to apply EU internal market and customs rules to maintain frictionless trade over the land border with the republic. This means vast volumes of new paperwork are required to process Irish Sea checks on shipments from Great Britain to the region.

However, the Financial Times reports that the extra red tape has left many food suppliers facing lengthy delays on shipping goods to the region, resulting in empty shelves for time-sensitive products like fresh fruit and vegetables and chilled meat.

The report says Marks and Spencer, Sainsbury and Tesco have all been hit with new red tape and customs paperwork introduced following the end of the Brexit transition period on January 1.
 
Source: www.businessworld.ie 

More articles from Agriculture

image Description

China's suspends poultry imports from Ireland due to bird flu

Read more
image Description

Last-minute fishing hitch delays announcement of Brexit deal

Read more
image Description

Taoiseach says Brexit gap wide on fish but deal still likely

Read more
image Description

Government working on support scheme for Irish firms in case of UK-EU no deal

Read more
image Description

UK-EU agree trusted trader scheme for N.Ireland

Read more