Delays at the United Kingdom (UK) ports are having a major impact on retailers, who are warning customers of a looming supply crisis this Christmas. There is an ongoing shortage across the UK that is affecting official Harry Potter merchandise. “A Harry Potter wand used to be £20, now it’s going to be £35-£40. All of the shops are running out of stock,” says Elvijs Plugis, co-owner of collectible shop House of Spells, based in Charing Cross, London. Most of the replicas from the Potter films are currently difficult to source.

Normally, House of Spells generates a 20-30% margin on each wand it sells, but now the shop also has to pay another 25-30% in container shipping costs, as well as up to 30% more on customs charges. London Toy Company, the importer of Harry Potter toys, as well as designing its own British-themed toys for popular brands, says it has now sold out of all of its stock of Harry Potter products. The company now has 35,000 toys held up at ports, amounting to £250,000. Moreover, the delay is adding 2.5-3 weeks to the time frame of order arrival. The toy company’s clients, retail giants like Amazon and Audi, are waiting to receive orders of toys. Alan Simpson, managing director of Toytown, an Ireland-based chain of independent retailers is urging customers to start their Christmas shopping early this year as the selection of products will likely be different in December.