It's the news you've all been waiting for: new stocks of the PlayStation 5 are on their way to Europe, but a number of reports are claiming that these arrivals will be affected by Brexit, and so will be delayed entering the UK.
Following the completion of a permanent trade agreement between the two parties, the UK officially left the European Union on December 31st, 2020. The Trade and Cooperation Agreement (also known as the TCA) ensures that trade between the two parties will not contend with tariffs or quotas, as long as the goods themselves either originate in the UK or the EU, though the agreement must be ratified by the EU Parliament in the coming weeks. Yet, these goods will be subject to new regulatory red-tape and border controls, and the two parties did not come to a conclusion regarding standards for products. As a result, goods may be required to possess two different certifications of quality, one for importing the product and one for exporting the product.
#PS5 update: British Retailers are waiting on stock to arrive this week . If the stock does not arrive by then, you could be waiting until the 12th & 14th this would be due to Trade channels being closed due to Brexit. I'll update all as info is available. USA I'm watching PSDir
- ItsIsaacTech (@ItsIsaacTech) January 5, 2021
• Delays can be expected for shipments due to Brexit taking place, which means either low stock, or late drop stock.
• Stock expected from most big brand retailers.
• I personally bought mine with a guest account if that helps anyhow.
Have a great day!
- PS5 Stock UK (@PS5StockUK1) January 6, 2021
There may also be new strains placed on the logistics industry, and hauliers in Northern Ireland have specifically spoken on this concern, keeping their shipments relatively low while the first few weeks of the TCA play out. This, on top of the third lockdown that started on January 5th, has apparently led to the imminent delay of new stocks of the PlayStation 5. Sony had previously promised that it would produce more of the sought-after console and distribute these to retailers around the world in the new year, and reports say that these will arrive in Europe as soon as tomorrow. One source, @Ps5Instant on Twitter, asserts that EE and BT are going to be getting their allowances of PS5s on January 7th.
:information_source: Currently EE & BT are expecting stock to arrive for orders on the 7th January. We'll know for certain by Tuesday, if the stock hasn't arrived by then, we could be waiting until the 12th & 14th for retailers to release stock #PS5 #ps5uk #ps5stockuk #ps5restock #ps5stock
- PS5 UK Stock - Instant Updates (@Ps5Instant) January 3, 2021
Retailers are expecting stock to arrive for orders on the 7th January.If the stock hasn't arrived by then, we could be waiting until the 12th & 14th for retailers to get stock due to Brexit and shipments its a bit of a sh*t show. #PS5
- PS5 Stock Central (@DualSensor) January 5, 2021
However, if UK retailers don't receive their provisions of PlayStation 5 stock, we might be waiting until January 12th or January 14th for an update. After that point, we aren't certain when the next shipment would be scheduled for. Last month, lines of nearly 3,000 lorries stretched from Dover into the rest of Kent, waiting to enter France and take their goods to their destination. It is hoped that this situation won't be repeated and that imports can be transferred between the countries without requiring the risk of face-to-face contact.
All in all, we don't have a whole lot of information right now, aside that delays are likely. We'll do our best to keep you in the loop, and fingers crossed that those who have missed out on the console are able to snap one up among these new arrivals.
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