M&S stores in Paris run out of sandwiches and other groceries as the supermarket chain blames new trade rules for the delay in delivery
- The number of items was out of stock at three Parisian retail outlets today
- Including turkey tortilla with curry and black rice and edamame bean salad
- The end of the transition period means that goods will require additional controls when entering the EU
There is a shortage of take-away lunches at Paris’s Marks & Spencer stores. The retailer blames delays in importing fresh food from the UK due to Brexit.
Items that were out of stock in three of the retailer's Parisian branches today included sandwiches, turkey tortilla with curry and black rice, and edamame bean salad, according to labels on the empty shelves.
Despite the UK's new trade deal with the EU, fresh food still has to undergo a number of controls when traveling from the UK to France, including a safety check to ensure it complies with the bloc's rules.
Items that were out of stock in three of the retailer's Parisian branches today included sandwiches, turkey tortilla with curry and black rice, and edamame bean salad, according to labels on the empty shelves
On the other hand, thanks to a six-month embargo, fresh food coming into the UK from the EU does not need to be checked to ensure imports continue to run smoothly.
M&S ready meals are popular in Paris as they feature an under-served fresh meal on-the-go market in France where lunch in restaurants is a national ritual.
What controls on fresh food imports must be passed when moving from the UK to France?
Documentary – To ensure drivers have the correct documentation, e.g. B. a health certificate for export, showing that the food has been properly handled;
Identity – To ensure that the goods the driver supposedly has in the back of the truck are actually there;
Physical controls – To ensure drivers are following hygiene controls and that everything is kept at the correct temperature and stored correctly.
Source: Logistics UK
The company and its franchisees operate 20 grocery stores in France, all but one in Paris.
Fresh salads were out of stock in the M&S store in a shopping center in the Porte Maillot district in western Paris.
A sign said that due to new trade rules we could not receive our delivery today.
Fresh salads and pasta were out of stock at a second store on Franklin Roosevelt Avenue near the Champs Elysees.
In a third branch on Boulevard Montmartre in central Paris, the shelves with ready-to-eat fresh food were empty. One employee said the supply disruption was due to Brexit and the new year.
A spokesman for Lagardere, the French company that holds the franchise for some stores in France, said it was working with M&S on the supply disruptions and expected the issues to be resolved by the end of January.
M&S said: "We have been preparing for changes related to the UK's exit from the EU in order to minimize disruption for customers."
"As we move to the new processes, some of our products are taking a little longer to reach stores. However, we are working with our partners, suppliers and relevant government agencies and local authorities to improve this quickly."
Despite the UK's new trade agreement with the EU, fresh food still has to undergo a number of controls when traveling from the UK to France. Trucks are shown rolling onto a ferry in Dover harbor