Staycationers facing shortage of camping gear and garden furniture
According to experts, stocks of summer essentials such as tents, picnic baskets and garden toys have been hit hard due to supply chain problems 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 struggling to source additional goods.
Customs clearance platform chief KlearNow said he believes a perfect storm is coming as families are urged to avoid foreign holidays by removing Portugal from the UK government’s green list and not adding more countries.
A combination of Covid-19 restrictions, the backlog from the Suez Canal blockage, increasing global demand for shipping containers, the disruption in shipping caused by the Indian health crisis and a shortage of packaging materials mean British companies are already struggling to meet demand in the Cover summer
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.
Delays in the Brexit paperwork and the recent locks also play an important role, according to suppliers.
Mr. Tyagi: “A combination of Covid-19 restrictions, the backlog from the Suez Canal blockage, increasing global demand for shipping containers, the disruption in shipping caused by the Indian health crisis and a shortage of packaging materials means UK companies are already struggling to achieve this summer demanded.
“With so much competition for container space, some smaller businesses are simply paid off 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.
Camping gear 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 from a recently stuck ship.
Garden furniture and toys are also arriving from China and struggling with the same delays.
Suez Canal Vessal / AP
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.
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 cannot replenish them because the Austrian supplier was unable to meet our shipping requirements before Brexit. We also had long delays importing pet health products from Hungary. “