A Paris branch of British retailer Marks & Spencer said fresh ready-made pasta dishes were unavailable on Monday because post-Brexit trade rules had disrupted deliveries across the Channel.
As of Jan. 1, goods travelling back and forth between Britain and the European Union are subject to customs and other bureaucratic hurdles that did not previously exist due to the UK’s departure from the EU free trade zone on Dec. 31.
At the Marks & Spencer store in a shopping centre in the Porte Maillot district of western Paris, a chill cabinet that usually contains fresh ready-made meals was empty late on Monday, apart from a handful of refrigerated pizzas.
A sign in French on the cabinet read: “Following the latest government directives on the transition of goods between the United Kingdom and France, we have not been able to receive our delivery today. Please accept our apologies for the inconvenience.”
The head office of Marks & Spencer in London had no immediate comment, and the company which operates the Porte Maillot franchise, SFH Invest group, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.