Sunak: Ministers doing all we can to fix supplies for shops
|bbc.com 14 Oct 2021 at 05:28|
Shoppers can be reassured ministers are doing "absolutely everything we can" to fix supply chain issues in the UK, Chancellor Rishi Sunak has said.
In recent days, several retailers have warned of potential shortages during the Christmas shopping season.
Speaking to the BBC at the end of G7 meetings in Washington, Mr Sunak blamed global factors for delays seen at ports such as Felixstowe.
It comes as G7 finance ministers agreed to work together to address the issues.
Mr Sunak said: "I m confident there ll be a good amount of Christmas presents available for everyone to buy."
His comments came after a container logjam at ports, including Felixstowe, and a shortage of HGV lorry drivers has sparked concerns among businesses, ahead of the most important period of the year for retail spending.
On Wednesday, the UK s largest commercial port said the supply chain crisis has caused a logjam of shipping containers.
The Port of Felixstowe, which handles 36% of the UK s freight container traffic, blamed the busy pre-Christmas period and haulage shortages.