The Govt is v excited about the Oz trade deal. Here's a little thread abt the logistics of getting Oz fruit & veg to the UK. /1
Much of Oz's fruit & veg is grown a long way from cities in places like Mildura (look it up) where the weather/soil are perfect for agriculture. Product grown in Mildura is picked, packed and loaded onto trucks to be carried to Melbourne, the major container port /2
It is about an 7 hour drive from Mildura to Melbourne. The product is then put into refrigerated containers at the port when it sits for a couple of days while all the paperwork is completed and then it is loaded onto a ship. /3
The ship the takes about 21-24 days to get to the UK because it stops at various ports along the way to discharge and load other products. Once in the UK, the paperwork for customs etc then need to be checked before the product gets put onto a truck /4
Of course, we all know what the situation is in the Uk regarding availability of trucks. Anyway, it is now at least 4 weeks since the product was harvested. Assuming the refrigeration in the container continued to work, the product should still be fine. /5
But why the fuck would any UK business want to wait this amount of time for oranges, lemons or grapes ? What if the product was on that ship that got stranded in the Suez Canal ? The same product could arrive in the UK from Spain or Portugal within 24 hours of harvest. /6
None of our politicians or the Brexit Taliban every bothered to learn this basic stuff. So here we are. With empty shelves. Being sold a piss poor Oz trade deal as some panacea to cover up for the mess the Quitters have made of something they never understood. End.
PS. For any people with English flags in their bios, this was my job for years. So you can crawl back under the rock you live under.
PPS. Lots of people on here with experience in logistics can confirm I am not making this up. This is just how it works.
PPPS The cost of all this transport and associated insurance is included in the price. So, you can either have a 15 hour truck trip from Spain or a 5 week truck/ship/truck trip from Oz. I bet you can work out which is cheaper.

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