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Nothing to worry… Ireland’s supply chain is solid! Experts rule out the possibility of food shortages in Ireland

DUBLIN: Experts rule out the possibility of food shortages in Ireland in the name of Brexit. Declan Hughes, an Assistant Secretary in the Indigenous Enterprise Unit in the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment, said the challenges in the supply chain would not lead to a significant drop in cargo arrivals.

Mr. Hughes added that some isolated incidents related to certain products may still occur in the future. He was speaking at a multi-agency meeting held at Dublin Port with officials from the Department of Revenue, the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Transport and An Garda Siochana.

He said those in the retail supply chain were at the forefront of meeting the challenges posed by Brexit. He said the credit for being able to maintain the continuity of supply goes to retailers, hauliers, suppliers and importers. “This last couple of days was again an improvement on the previous weekend, and product is coming through,” Mr. Hughes said.

Some supermarkets, including Marks & Spencer, have run out of goods due to difficulties in adopting news customs systems and procedures. “We are having, as I said, maybe isolated issues with particular products but in overall terms at this stage we are not being appraised of significant issues,” he added.

Freight and haulage groups say the shortfall comes as British companies are largely unprepared for the new requirements.

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