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Global shipping agent boss told buyers to plan ahead for Christmas due to delays at UK ports .
Peter Wilson of Cory Bros. said people should order items from a "timely mode "to make sure they arrive on time.
Store shelves would remain stocked, but there might be less choice, he said.
Meanwhile, the UK's largest commercial port, Felixstowe, said sea container congestion has eased in recent days after ships were diverted from the port due to bottlenecks.
The Port of Felixstowe, which handles 36% of UK freight container traffic, told Hfrance.fr that it currently has 50,000 containers which waiting to be collected, due to a shortage of truck drivers.
"This is not the Port of Felixstowe affecting the supply chain it is the supply chain affecting the port of Felixstowe, "he said, adding that the problems are " similar in all major UK ports ".
The Danish transport giant maritimeMaersk was forced to divert some of its larger ships to ports in Holland an nd Belgium Dutch to avoid delays.
The Association of British Ports, which operates 21 ports including Southampton and Hull , said they were "aware of the challenges some UK ports are facing".
However, he stated that his ports are currently operating without any delay or disruption in service ".
Mr. Wilson of Cory Bros said; " I can say completely and categorically that the supply chain will not fail and the goods will be on the shelves until Christmas.
"There may not be that choice relative to which we are all used ", he declared on the Today program of the Hfrance.fr.
The problems arise at the busiest time of the year for retailers, when most goods are imported from Asia for sale during the Christmas trade.
Mr. Wilson added that there will be "considerable strain" on the UK supply chain this Christmas and urged buyers to "be reasonable, think ahead, plan ahead. appropriate 'to get you itemsls that toys in time for Christmas.
'Don't panic '
But Tom Holder of the British Retail Consortium (BRC) said that while port congestion and driver shortages will cause "some disruption this Christmas , The impact on buyers should be limited.
"This is a concern, but retailers are really adept at making sure they prioritize the things people want and make sure people 's Christmas favorites are available for purchase. "
Andrew Goodacre, Managing Director of the British Independent Retailers Association, said there was " no need to panic to buy ", but advised customers to start their normal buying process earlier.
"If you see something you want, now is the time to buy as retailers have the most of their Christmas stock, but we cannot guarantee to have supplies of everything over the next few weeks ".
" These areIt's not a challenge for small retailers because they don't have the money to stock, ”he added.
Industry organizations estimate that there is a shortage of around 100,000 drivers with a number of sectors, from retailers to garbage collection, affected.
The shortage was caused by several factors, including European drivers who returned home during the pandemic, Brexit, tax changes and nd a backlog of driving tests of heavy goods vehicles.
The UK Ports Association trading group said most British ports were operating normally but the pilot shortage was having an impact.
"This means that some of the cargo is not being collected as quickly as it would normally. The situation affects all types of ports, not just container terminals.
"This has resulted in additional delays for a range of ports and terminal operations are working with their customers to get these goods out oftheir ports in order to avoid further congestion, "he says.
The government recently recruited military personnel to help with the shortage of drivers and deliver fuel Emergency temporary visas have also issued to foreign drivers.
However, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has recently admitted that only 127 truck drivers had applied for short-term visas.
Conservative Party Chairman Oliver Dowden told Hfrance.fr that the government was increasing the number of people having tests and that he "would expect that number to increase as Christmas approaches ".
Asked about potential Christmas shortages, he told Sky News: "The situation is improving, I have no doubts that people will be able to get their toys for Christmas.
"Some people buy very early for Christmas, my wife is a pretty early Christmas buyer, others buy later. I would say just buy like you normally do.