UK May Ease Curbs on Foreign Trucks

A row of trucks at a service station near Thurrock, U.K.
A row of trucks at a service station near Thurrock, U.K. (Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg News)

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The British government is considering suspending restrictions on the number of drop-offs that foreign truck drivers can make on trips to the U.K. in an effort to ease the country’s supply chain problems.

Under proposals set out Oct. 14, foreign trucks will be able make an unlimited number of stops during a two-week period after entering the U.K., potentially facilitating thousands of extra deliveries, the Department for Transport said in a statement. The new rules could come into force toward the end of the year and would last for six months.

The government is also offering 800 short-term work visas to pork butchers to help deal with a backlog of pigs awaiting slaughter.

The U.K. economy is facing an unprecedented wave of shortages as the effects of Brexit, the COVID-19 pandemic and a surge in natural gas prices leave the country with empty supermarket shelves, collapsing energy companies, gas stations running dry and containers piled up by the side of ports.

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