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Bonfire Night and Hogmanay at risk as Brexit sees fireworks supplies fizzle out

Scotland’s 2021 fireworks displays could be under threat – due to a supply shortage caused by Brexit.

Firework firms say Bonfire Night and New Year’s Eve may bring less of a bang than normal because of new import rules.

Fireworks Kingdom, an English firm, said that poorly-written legislation, following Britain’s departure from the European Union, has slashed supplies to just 30% of the usual stock.

The 70% drop in the number of fireworks so close to Bonfire Night means the low supply will drive prices up, with the hike passed onto customers.


As reported by STV News, the Yorkshire-based firm say there are three reasons for Brexit causing these shortages in the UK.

The majority of fireworks are made in China, then shipped to mainland Europe and onto the UK.

That worked fine until the end of the Brexit transition period – but has now descended into chaos.

Richard Hogg, of Fireworks Kingdom, said: “Importing fireworks has become very difficult and unstable in the wake of Brexit.

“It’s gutting to see the shelves empty at stores across the UK when we’d usually be preparing for our busiest season.

“While we do have some stock, other stores haven’t been so fortunate.

“We’ve recently received 30 calls in a day from other fireworks stores, asking if we have any stock that can be sent over.

“Shipping companies are now asking for a £5000 deposit per container, in case the EU member state denies our application to import from China via one of their ports, despite this route being a key way that many UK companies import.

“On top of shipping costs, we’re now looking at around £30,000 – £50,000 to import a container of fireworks – if we can secure a container in the first place.

“We hope that the supply of fireworks will meet demand in time for New Year and 2022, but Bonfire Night this year will have just 30% of the usual supply.

“Ultimately, the increase in importing costs and reduced supply due to Brexit has started to increase the cost of celebrations for the consumer.”

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