Christmas presents ‘DELAYED until EASTER’ as 24-hour Dover queues spark fears for PS5s, AirPods and gadgets

Dover has been bottlenecked with 24-hour queues today with 2,000 more lorries crossing between Britain and Europe every day.

According to Apple, its latest AirPods are available to ship from next Tuesday however the earliest delivery date to the UK is now between May 16 and March 30 – just two days before Good Friday.

Amazon, Argos and Currys PC World have all sold out of PS5 consoles with the delivery of kitchen utensils such as coffee machines delayed until January.

It comes as large queues build on the roads to Dover and the Channel Tunnel with queues growing through the night and into today.

Emergency measures have been introduced on roads across Kent for the third day in a row in a bid to manage the estimated 12,000 trucks on the roads per day.

Freight lorries between the UK and Europe are facing delays at the Eurotunnel and Port of Dover.

It comes as trade talks between Britain and the EU are on the brink of finally collapsing after Boris Johnson warned the nation to get ready for no deal. 

In a last-ditch effort to rescue a deal that would ensure goods travelling between the UK and EU aren’t slapped with tariffs and subjects to customs checks, the PM and EU chief Ursula von der Leyen set a deadline for Sunday to decide if talks will continue.

Felixstowe port has been clogged for weeks and delays have now spread to Southampton. It has been made worse by high seasonal demand and large shipments of PPE.

Ships have been diverted to Rotterdam in the Netherlands and their cargo is likely to miss the Christmas season.

Imported goods affected vary from toys to car parts and even screws, prompting fears of price rises.

Andrew Opie of the British Retail Consortium, said: “Retailers now face higher costs than ever before, with some seeing 25 per cent week-on-week rises for shipping.”

Parents have also been warned that thousands of kids could face Christmas heartbreak as Peppa Pig and Paw Patrol toys are set to sell out due to supply issues.

Disruption to international shipping from Asia caused by the Covid-19 pandemic and stockpiling ahead of Brexit have caused a bottleneck of goods ahead of the festive season.

Popular toys could sell out quicker than usual as container ships carrying the goods are delayed or diverted due to a lack of capacity in the UK.

Games and puzzles are also running low, with supplies unlikely to be stocked up again until 2021.

Gary Grant from The Entertainer said that shipments of toys from China were running three weeks late.

He told The Times: “My advice to parents is to get on and do your shopping as soon as possible to avoid disappointment, especially if there is a particular thing on  your children’s Christmas list.