Fortnum & Mason stops EU deliveries as regulatory changes cause chaos

Fortnum & Mason stops EU deliveries as regulatory changes cause chaos

Fortnum & Mason stops deliveries to the EU as regulatory changes cause border chaos, torrents of extra paperwork and increased costs

  • Fortnum & Mason has been forced to stop deliveries to the EU due to border chaos 
  • The upmarket London food store told shoppers that it has had to ‘temporarily pause’ shipments to EU
  • Fortnum said it had made the decision not to make deliveries over the holiday period ‘due to further regulatory changes 

It is known for sending its luxury food around the world and even into the trenches during the First World War – but Fortnum & Mason has been forced to stop deliveries to the EU due to border chaos.

The upmarket London food store, known as the Queen’s grocer, has told shoppers that it has had to ‘temporarily pause’ shipments of its wares – including its signature hampers stuffed with champagne, Royal Blend tea and traditional Dundee fruitcake – to EU countries.

Fortnum said it had made the decision not to make deliveries over the holiday period ‘due to further regulatory changes around deliveries to the EU’ and said it hoped to resume deliveries ‘at the earliest opportunity’ this year. 

The company said it has also suspended delivery to some non-EU countries such as Albania, Georgia and Iceland while it examines the implications of delivery restrictions to the EU.

Fortnum & Maso hampers range from £75 to a £750 Monarch Hamper and typically incur a £19.50 charge for deliveries to the EU

Its hampers range from £75 to a £750 Monarch Hamper and typically incur a £19.50 charge for deliveries to the EU.

British businesses attempting to export their goods to the EU have faced a string of headaches since Britain’s exit from the trading bloc.

Companies have bemoaned torrents of extra paperwork, increased costs and repeated rejected deliveries as they have attempted to reach European customers. 

Food and drink exporters have particularly struggled with new requirements for expensive animal and plant health certificates.

Marks & Spencer blamed supply chain problems linked to Brexit for the closure of 11 stores in France last year.

Fortnum’s difficulties underline the problems facing UK businesses. The retailer boasts more than 300 years of experience in delivering to countries across the globe. 

Fortnum’s difficulties underline the problems facing UK businesses. The retailer boasts more than 300 years of experience in delivering to countries across the globe

During the Great War, it sent boiled sweets, tinned fruit cake and chocolates to thousands of men and women serving overseas, including in France.

It delivered 500 plum puddings to one regiment for their Christmas dinner in 1915.

The store set up a service providing food parcels to the Western Front in 1914, and sent hampers designed to straddle a camel to North Africa, at the request of Earl Haig.

Fortnum’s decision caused dismay across the Channel. Jeremy Gee of Bertric-Burée in the Dordogne, south-western France, joked: ‘To my chagrin, living in France, I found over Christmas that Fortnum & Mason, who were able to send their wares to the trenches during the First World War, are no longer able to send items to Europe.

‘I think even the most ardent Leave voters may have reconsidered had they realised such serious implications.’

British exports to the EU were subject to full post-Brexit customs checks last year, while imports to the UK from the EU are now subject to the same rigorous checks since the start of this year.

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