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Campers and hikers hit by reduced supplies of outdoor equipment

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UK consumers are warned of short supplies of outdoor equipment (Image credit: Getty)

Camping fans and hikers are being warned that some outdoors products could be in short supply this summer.

Items such as the best tents, gas canisters for campervans, garden furniture, picnic baskets and outdoor toys and games are listed as being hard to get hold of.

The reasons for import issues and British supplier delays include, a backlog caused by the six-day Suez Canal blockage in March, Covid-19 restrictions, increasing demand worldwide for shipping containers, disruption to shipping caused by India's public health crisis and a shortage of packaging materials.

In a recent survey by customs clearance platform KlearNow, some two-thirds of  UK suppliers have experienced import delays in the last month. The findings are based on interviews with 300 import-export businesses based in the UK.

In addition, there is a rising consumer demand for products related to staycation holidays and because people know they will be spending more time at home this summer.

Many outdoors items, such as camping equipment, garden toys, games and furniture, are manufactured in China – and this has affected supplies to UK and US retailers.

Another product in short supply affects people with campervans.  Calor gas bottles and refills are especially problematic and hard to find across the UK. 

Fiona Russell

Fiona Russell is a widely published adventure journalist and blogger, who is better known as Fiona Outdoors. She is based in Scotland and is an all-round outdoors enthusiast with favourite activities including trail running, mountain walking, mountain biking, road cycling, triathlon and skiing, both downhill and back country. Her target for 2021 is to finish the final nine summits in her first round of all 282 Munros, the Scottish mountains of more than 3,000ft high. Aside from being outdoors, Fiona's biggest aim is to inspire others to enjoy the great outdoors, especially through her writing. She is also rarely seen without a running skort! Find out more at Fiona Outdoors.