'Don't panic buy for Christmas,' says Britain after port chaos. "Donít buy your Christmas presents in panic," he adds
- People should buy normally for Christmas, according to ministers.
- Maersk, the UK's largest port, diverts vessels from UK ports.
- Felixstowe witnessing trucker shortage as Felixston rivals.
- PM Johnson is on holiday.
After shipping containers carrying toys and electrical goods were diverted from the country's biggest port because it was full, Britain said on Wednesday that people should buy normally for Christmas and there would be no shortage of presents.
Because of a shortage of truck drivers, Maersk, the worlds largest container shipping firm, has diverted some vessels from Felixstowe port in eastern England because there is no place to stack containers at the port.
"I'm confident that people will be able to get their toys for Christmas," Conservative Party co-chairman Oliver Dowden told Sky. He stated he was certain Christmas presents would be delivered this year.
Dowden, a cabinet minister without responsibilities in the Cabinet Office, said the issues at the port were decreasing and the supply chain issues facing the world's fifth largest economy were global, such as oblivion of truckers and port congestion.
Felixstowe, which handles 36% of the country's containerised freight, is seeing improvement, according to Dowden.
He said, "I would say just buy as you would normally for Christmas."
Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who is on holiday abroad, was very involved in domestic and international issues, he added. "He's very much involved in the job," said the CEO.
The British economy is expected to grow at 6.8% this year, the highest growth rate in the G7 leading economies, even though supply chain disruption and inflationary pressures are limiting the global economy, according to the International Monetary Fund.
In August, the UK economy resumed growth after falling for the first time in six months in July.
But its exit from the European Union has compounded some of the problems by restricting immigration.
The country is short of about 100,000 truckers, causing long queues at gas stations and fears about getting food into supermarkets, with a shortage of butchers and warehouse workers also creating worries.
Two sisters running a pig farm in northeast England urged Johnson to uphold strict immigration rules for butchers or risk seeing the pork industry collapse under the weight of overly-fattened animals.