‘No significant supply problems’ caused by Brexit

JERSEY supermarkets have said their supply chains have not been ‘significantly’ affected by new trade arrangements following the end of the Brexit transition period.

Picture: JON GUEGAN. (30038629)
Picture: JON GUEGAN. (30038629)

Food shortages have been reported in some parts of the UK, particularly in Northern Ireland, after new rules on imports and exports with the EU came into force on 1 January.

But both SandpiperCI – which runs Iceland, Marks and Spencer and Morrisons Daily in Jersey– and the Channel Islands Co-operative Society are confident they will remain largely unaffected.

A spokesperson for the Co-op said that some fresh products could be affected by disruption but it had prepared in advance for the post-Brexit environment.

‘We have always maintained good connections with our logistical partners and do not expect there to be any major disruptions to our supply chain,’ he said.

‘We have invested time into preparing for the Brexit arrangement and are constantly monitoring the situation and our supply and logistics to ensure that things continue to run as smoothly as possible. As we often see when weather disrupts our deliveries, it may be that some fresh lines are affected. However, we do not foresee that we should have any exceptional disruptions to our stock.’

He added: ‘We are maintaining the positive working relationship which we have with Co-op UK and are in constant communication with our mainland colleagues to ensure that we remain able to provide the essentials for our members and customers.’

Meanwhile, a spokesman for Sandpiper said the firm had not been dramatically affected.

‘We have not experienced any significant supply issues as a result of Brexit,’ he said.

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