Elvijs Plugis, co-owner of fandom-themed collectible shop House of Spells in Charing Cross, London, said wands and other replicas from the JK Rowling books are currently hard to get hold of
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A shop owner says he is running out of Harry Potter toys due to ongoing supply chain issues.
Elvijs Plugis, co-owner of fandom-themed collectible shop House of Spells in Charing Cross, London, said wands and other replicas from the JK Rowling books are currently hard to get hold of.
He also warned how parents will be paying more for stock that has arrived in time for this Christmas.
Delays at ports such as Felixstowe, which is the largest commercial port in the UK, are being partly blamed for the supply chain issues.
It has separately been warned how up to £1.5billion of online orders could be delayed this Christmas due to huge backlogs.
Felixstowe, which is “rammed full of containers” that haven’t been moved, said the problems are a combination of busy pre-Christmas traffic and the lorry driver shortages.
As a result, shipping container companies are being forced to divert cargo away from the UK.
Mr Plugis told the BBC: “First Brexit hit, and then the pandemic hit. The combination of both, the manufacturers got scared and work stopped and they couldn’t ship big containers by sea.
“A Harry Potter wand used to be £20, now it’s going to be £35-£40. All of the shops are running out of stock.”
London Toy Company, which imports Harry Potter toys, also confirmed it is experiencing trouble getting stock.
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Its company director Joel Berkowitz told the BBC it has 35,000 toys held up at ports and said container prices are up 900%.
He said: “We’ve had to redirect containers shipping around 10,000 toys, which would have gone straight to Felixstowe, to Tilbury Port in London, via France and Belgium.
“It’s adding a 2.5-3 week addition to the timeframe [of when customers will receive products].”
Toy chains have already been telling parents to start shopping early to avoid disappointment come December.
Shops have already started selling Christmas stock over warnings the UK faces months of shortages.
It comes after the boss of Iceland warned ongoing delivery issues could effectively “cancel” Christmas as supermarkets struggle to replenish shelves.
But Tesco boss John Allan has urged people not to panic-buy.
“There may be some shortages”, but people should not “over-dramatise” and panic-buy, he told the BBC.