PARENTS were left in tears after learning that children’s Christmas gifts had run out due to the global shipping crisis.
Panicked moms and dads have reportedly called toy stores to inquire about the availability of holiday gifts.
But many products are already sold out, no new stock is expected until the New Year, reports the i.
Meanwhile, other parents have been spotted rushing to stores to stock up on pre-Christmas presents – just two months away.
The Toy Van in Surrey sells toys made in the Far East which it supplies to Harrods and Selfridges, but may have to wait until next year for the imported goods to arrive.
Founder Steve Le Van ordered double his normal stock for Christmas, but he’s now sold out his wooden dollhouses and trains.
Mr Le Van told the i: “I’ve had people on the phone in tears before who wanted to buy a dollhouse.
“There is still stock to come… Some would have arrived for Christmas but they will arrive later. [because of delays]. “
Other popular children’s toys are expected to run out soon, retailers told the newspaper.
It comes after warnings of a Christmas toy crisis as shipping companies moved ships away from Britain’s largest port, Felixstowe, Suffolk, this week when it ran out of storage space.
Supply issues have been caused by a shortage of truck drivers to move containers, Covid restrictions at ports and an increase in imports.
Felixstowe normally handles nearly 40 percent of Britain’s container imports and exports, including many toys.
Paul Schaffer, managing director of Plum Play in Lincolnshire, said they were expecting a shipping container for goods last week which won’t arrive until November – and admitted he “can’t see” all of them their products arrive before Christmas.
He said: “There are some varieties of trampolines that are not coming, some sets of swings are not with us yet.”
He added: “Everyone has probably written their Christmas list already. it’s going to be very hard work [for parents] manage expectations or perhaps suggest that their children adjust these lists a bit.
The British Toy and Hobby Association, which represents the manufacturers, said it expected the disruption to continue over the next few months.
A survey by the Road Haulage Association (RHA) estimates that Britain faces a deficit of 100,000 drivers.
Major retailers have warned of problems keeping stores stocked as Christmas approaches.
There are also concerns that the Christmas dinner may be “canceled” due to a shortage of turkeys.
Earlier this month, supermarket chain Iceland revealed that sales of frozen turkeys were up 409% from the same period last year,
This has led to Britons rushing to supermarkets to stock up early, as Boris Johnson admitted the country’s delivery crisis could last for months.