Brexit: will there be a shortage of Christmas trees this year?

Thanks to Brexit, we could face a shortage of Christmas trees this year. Anne East explores why and looks at how to stay ahead of any Christmas shortages.

The content of this article was relevant at the time of publishing. Circumstances change continuously and caution should therefore be exercised when relying upon any content contained within this article.

Baubles On Snow With Snowy Christmas Tree

Image source: Getty Images

Brexit is one reason why food prices could rise. On top of that, Brexit could also mean a shortage of Christmas trees this year. Here’s why.

 [top_pitch]

Inflation Is Coming

Inflation is out of control, and people are running scared. But right now there’s one thing we believe Investors should avoid doing at all costs… and that’s doing nothing. That’s why we’ve put together a special report that uncovers 3 of our top UK and US share ideas to try and best hedge against inflation… and better still, we’re giving it away completely FREE today!

Click here to claim your copy now!

How does Brexit affect Christmas trees?

Supply chain issues fuelled by Brexit and the scarcity of shipping containers could result in a lack of Christmas trees coming into the UK. 

Commenting on the potential Christmas crisis, Ben Wightman, an analyst at Christmas Tree World, said: “Brexit is looking like it might be the true Ebenezer Scrooge of Christmas.

“There have been rumours of a shortage of food and toys ahead of Christmas mostly due to logistical problems at borders. Last year, there was an issue with the mink cull in Denmark meaning that there could be a shortage of trees being imported into the UK.”

And while there’s still a chance that the situation could right itself in the coming months, the analyst adds that “the early signs don’t look too hopeful”.

The pessimism isn’t unwarranted. Even without mink and Brexit border problems, the UK is short of around 100,000 HGV drivers, according to the Road Haulage Association

So, even if there’s no shortage of yuletide greenery (either real or plastic), the trees will need to be distributed from warehouses to stores or directly to consumers. If there are no hauliers and drivers to do that, many of us may have to rethink what we put the presents under. 

[middle_pitch]

How to avoid Brexit Christmas shortages

The answer is not stockpiling.

Instead, like most things, it comes down to preparation. Here are three tips to help you bypass Brexit barriers and ensure Santa Claus still comes to town.

1. Make a list (and check it twice) 

A list is always helpful, no matter how good (you think) your memory is. From food to gift ideas, putting it down on paper clarifies what you need and avoids waste.

2. Buy as you go

Thanks to Brexit and other factors, this is probably not the year to try spontaneity. And while it might feel too early to think about buying Christmas presents and decorations, it’s a surefire way to avoid those ‘out of stock’ messages.

Buying early also means you can spread the cost so that you don’t end up overspending in a panic. Plus, if you’re trying to reduce your spending, read our article offering four festive tips for Christmas on a budget. 

If it’s all too much to think about right now, perhaps just consider the necessities. You could focus on gifts for immediate family and food you can store in the freezer. 

3. Focus on what’s really important

If the last 18 months have taught us anything, it’s to focus on what’s most important. With that in mind, Christmas trees, presents, and decorations are very much in the ‘nice to have’ category. So rather than fretting about potential shortages, try to make the most of being at home with friends and family. It’s what Christmas is all about after all. 

More on Personal Finance

Note paper with question mark on orange background
Personal Finance

Should you invest your ISA in a model portfolio?

Which model ISA portfolios offer both high performance and low fees? Hargreaves Lansdown, Interactive Investor and AJ Bell go under…

Read more »

Economic Uncertainty Ahead Sign With Stormy Background
Personal Finance

Is it time to exit emerging markets investments?

Investors may well be sitting on losses from emerging markets funds. Is it worth keeping the faith for a sustained…

Read more »

Personal Finance

Share trading? Three shares with turnaround potential

Share trading has been difficult in 2022, but which companies have turnaround potential? Jo Groves takes a closer look at…

Read more »

Man using credit card and smartphone for purchasing goods online.
Personal Finance

Revealed! Why Gen Z may be the savviest generation when it comes to credit cards

New research reveals that Gen Z may be the most astute when it comes to credit cards. But why? And…

Read more »

Environmental technology concept.
Personal Finance

The 10 best-performing sectors for ISA investors

The best-performing sectors over the past year invested in real assets such as infrastructure, but is this trend set to…

Read more »

Road sign warning of a risk ahead
Personal Finance

Recession risk ‘on the rise’: is it time for investors to worry?

A major global bank has suggested the risk of a recession in the UK is 'on the rise'. So, should…

Read more »

pensive bearded business man sitting on chair looking out of the window
Personal Finance

1 in 4 cutting back on investments amid cost of living crisis

New research shows one in four investors have cut back on their investing contributions to cope with the rising cost…

Read more »

Image of person checking their shares portfolio on mobile phone and computer
Personal Finance

The 10 most popular stocks among UK investors so far this year

As the new tax year kicks off, here's a look at some of the most popular stocks among UK investors…

Read more »