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Northern Ireland supply chain ‘days from collapse’

Christian Fernsby |
Northern Ireland’s supply chain is “within days of falling apart” as new post-Brexit checks stem the flow of freight into the UK province, hauliers warned on Monday.

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Supermarkets are “experiencing considerable difficulties” stocking shelves since the Brexit transition period ended, said Road Haulage Association (RHA) policy manager for Northern Ireland John Martin.

“Some companies have decided to put on hold supplying Northern Ireland because of the uncertainty or because of the delays,” he told AFP.

Even with freight volumes running at “30 to 40 percent of normal volume” owing to coronavirus restrictions, new systems are struggling to cope with the new processes required to deliver produce from mainland Britain, he said.

“The thing is literally within days of falling apart,” Martin added.

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