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The Swedish company has reported supply problems at all 22 of its stores across Britain and Ireland. These are affecting 10 percent of its stock, which equates to about 1,000 product lines.
A number of retailers have reported supply problems in recent weeks, with a shortage of lorry drivers getting much of the blame.
Speaking to the BBC, IKEA attributed the UK disruption in part to Britain’s EU exit.
It said: “What we are seeing is a perfect storm of issues, including the disruption of global trade flows and a shortage of drivers, which have been exacerbated by the pandemic and Brexit.”
However, political blog Guido Fawkes pointed out the company made a different claim for the Netherlands, where shortages have also been reported.
Dutch newspaper Dagblad Noorden said the company is “struggling with delivery problems and, as a result, products are difficult or impossible to obtain in the Netherlands”.
A statement from IKEA to the paper didn’t mention Brexit as a cause of disruption.
It said: “There are major logistical problems worldwide.
“For example, there is a great scarcity of containers and container ships on important sea routes because the economic recovery from the corona pandemic is proceeding faster than expected.
“There are also congestion in ports due to the crowds and Chinese terminals were temporarily closed due to local corona outbreaks. Many IKEA products are made in China.”
In the UK, some anti-Brexit activists have been suggesting supply problems are primarily down to Britain’s EU departure.
Photographs of empty supermarket shelves have gone viral on Twitter, with Rejoiners mocking pro-Brexit politicians.
Guido Fawkes hit back, commenting: “Remainers – and some parts of the media enjoying spinning the narrative on their behalf – are refusing to accept the lorry driver shortage is global.
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“Iron ore struggles to reach Australian ports; US petrol stations have run out of supplies after a 35,000 fall in lorry drivers; Asia reports a 20 percent fall in drivers.”
The blog included a quote, given last month, from the Road Haulage Association’s head of policy.
It said: “Even if we were allowed to recruit drivers from the EU, there’s a shortage of drivers there as well.
“The only place that doesn’t have a significant shortage of drivers is Africa.”
Supply chain problems have been reported by a wide range of companies, including publishers.
There are concerns this could impact the delivery of some books in time for Christmas.
Speaking to The Guardian, Nigel Newton, Bloomsbury Publishing chief executive, said: “The cocktail of the Brexit and Covid-driven driver exodus occurring against an upswing in consumer demand plus the equally pressing problem of sea-freight capacity shortages mean that our crystal ball finds it difficult to say how long delivery delays will last.”
A Penguin Random House spokesperson, addressing The Bookseller, gave a similar picture.
They commented: “The entire UK supply chain is seeing major disruptions as a result of both Brexit and the pandemic, which are being felt across all industries.”
Last month, McDonalds removed milkshakes from menus in England, Scotland and Wales due to supply chain issues.
Express.co.uk has contacted IKEA for comment.
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