UK faces shortage of wine and liquor before Christmas

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The warning was made in a letter sent by the UK Wine and Spirits Trade Association (WTSA) to UK Transport Secretary Grant Shapps last week. It was signed by 48 members of the industry association, including champagne and cognac maker Mot Hennessy, who owns LVMH ,LVMHF,, and Laurent-Perrier.

“This is an urgent issue for our businesses, and it is imperative that [the UK] The government takes immediate steps to help mitigate the impact of the driver shortage crisis ahead of the Christmas period,” the letter said.

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Beverage industry urges government to extend one more year The temporary visa program allows drivers from abroad to make up the shortfall. The three-month program is scheduled to end on February 28 next year.

“We are already seeing major delays in wine and spirits delivery times, which are driving up costs and limiting the range of products available to UK consumers,” WSTA Chief Executive Miles Beale said in a statement. “

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Organization said some of its members were taking up to five times longer than it was a year ago to import wines and spirits. Also said rising cost Importers have been passed over by freight forwarders to pay more for scarce drivers.

“This is particularly a concern for small and medium enterprises which are unable to compete with larger businesses to attract drivers,” the industry body said.

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Granthshala Business has contacted the UK government for its response.

Supermarkets have been battling for months The country’s departure from the European Union was partly due to a supply chain shortfall due to the pandemic and labor shortages to keep its shelves fully stocked.

Some EU workers left after Brexit, and new UK immigration rules forced farms, food processing factories and trucking companies to no longer recruit from the EU.

The government issued 5,000 temporary visas for foreign drivers, but the UK’s Road Haulage Association has said the UK needs 100,000 more drivers to meet demand.

Farmers, bankers, retailers, logistics firms and restaurateurs have warned the government in recent months that strict immigration rules were imposed after Britain left the European Union, making it difficult for them to find workers and run their businesses. Is.

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