Fresh food supply for Christmas faces serious disruption due to the closure of Port of Dover and Eurotunnel.
Earlier this evening, France became the latest country to close its borders to all those travelling from the UK.
The closure of the border meant Port of Dover and Eurotunnel announced their closures to all traffic leaving the UK.
However this is now causing chaos tonight as accompanied freight to France is being not allowed for 48 hours.
This is now causing potential serious disruption to the Christmas fresh food supply.
The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) tweeted: “Responding to this evening’s suspension of accompanied freight traffic from the UK to France, FDF’s CEO Ian Wright said: “Tonight’s suspension of accompanied freight traffic from the UK to France has the potential to cause serious disruption to UK Christmas fresh food supplies add exports of UK food and drink.
“Continental truckers will not want to travel here if they have a real fear of getting marooned.
“The Government must very urgently persuade the French government to exempt accompanied freight from its ban.”
Earlier today, the Eurostar to France also announced it would be closing.
Eurostar trains between Belgium and the UK are cancelled from Monday, following the Belgian government’s announcement that borders with the UK will close at midnight on Sunday.
Eurotunnel tweeted: “URGENT: UK-France border closes 23:00 GMT tonight. Last shuttle UK-FR is 21:34 GMT, please check in on time. Access to UK site prohibited from 22:00 GMT.”
A long, snaking line of passengers formed inside St Pancras station in central London on Sunday as they waited to board one of the afternoon’s sold-out Eurostar trains.
Germany, Ireland, Belgium and even as far away as Kuwait have imposed bans to stop people from the UK entering their countries.
The Netherlands is banning flights from the UK for at least the rest of the year, while Italy’s foreign minister Luigi Di Maio also announced curbs were being imposed.