Lufthansa has already delivered 80 tons of food
British supermarkets and their suppliers fear that in the coming days there will be a shortage of fresh vegetables and fruits in the country, writes The Guardian. Testing of truck drivers on the border with France has already begun, but it will take a long time to test everyone. In addition, the terms of trade and import of goods may change following the conclusion of the Brexit trade deal.
One of the supermarkets (the name has not been specified) has already begun to import fruits and vegetables from Spain and North Africa by air. On December 23, Lufthansa delivered 80 tons of food from Frankfurt to Doncaster Sheffield Airport, including several types of lettuce, cauliflower, broccoli, strawberries and citrus fruits.
Air Charter Services, a freight company, has received an order for 300 flights to transport fruits and vegetables. According to company representatives, the volume of orders this year is 300% higher than last year – then Air Charter Services imported fabrics, auto parts and pharmaceuticals to Britain.
It is noted that not all stores can afford air freight due to the high cost of services. However, retailers urge the British not to buy for future use: potatoes, carrots, Brussels sprouts and canned food from the shelves will not go anywhere.