Switzerland faces a shortage of chips
Producers are short of potatoes and will need to import at least 20,000 tons from abroad.
Due to constant rains in 2021 and general bad weather in Switzerland, a low potato crop, which led to a shortage of chips, reports The Local.
Combined with a 30 percent increase in demand due to people staying at home and eating chips rather than going out to restaurants, a chip shortage looms in Switzerland.
Producers are short of potatoes and will need to import at least 20,000 tons from abroad. Chip companies say it is impossible to determine at this stage how severe the shortage will be, the implications will be clear in December.
“The exact extent of the shortage can only be quantified at the beginning of December, when the harvest will be in warehouses,” said a spokeswoman for one of the companies.
Complicated import regulations in Switzerland, aimed at protecting local farmers, made imports a little more difficult, as a special permit from the Federal Agricultural Office was required.