Don’t panic buy – the Christmas supply chain is resilient, says RHA

21st December 2020

The RHA has urged shoppers not to panic buy after the French Government closed the border with the UK last night. 

RHA Chief Executive, Richard Burnett said that retailers have brought in more ambient stock than usual for the time of year amid long-standing industry concerns about border delays after transition.

He said: “The Christmas supply chain is resilient and our industry is very good at making sure we’ve got all the goods we need as we’ve shown throughout the pandemic.

“So we urge people not to panic buy which could spark unnecessary shortages in January when some goods could already be harder to come by.”

He raised concerns about British exports getting across the border this week and what facilities are available to lorry drivers stuck in queues in Kent.

“Truckers typically have low COVID-19 infection rates given the nature of their jobs and minimal contact they have with others so it doesn’t make sense that they can’t cross the border into France.”

We’re reassured that UK ministers are making every effort to resolve this issue with their French counterparts as quickly as possible, he added.