Customer Update - Shipping Challenges Set To Continue into 2022
As the year draws to a close, we’d like to say thanks for all your continued support and take the opportunity to issue you with an important update.
As you will be aware, there are shortages and supply-chain disruptions affecting organisations right across the globe. This is particularly true when it comes to shipping.
The impact of the Coronavirus pandemic, combined with dramatic port congestion, a labour crisis and other unpredictable events has led to port delays being at a record high in all ports across the globe.
The result is that there simply isn’t enough shipping capacity to meet global demand. Shipping prices are rising to unprecedented rates, and availability of containers is low.
This means there will be longer lead times in our supply chain with an increase in price. Although we are striving to keep this to a minimum, it does mean that we may be unable to hold quotes in the same way as we have done historically.
The situation will not be solved overnight. Industry leaders anticipate that the imbalance in supply and demand will continue well into 2022. Our logistic department is doing is outmost to keep communication with all shipping lines as well as to formulate solutions to keep our supply going.
What it Means for the UK
Whilst we are doing everything we can to mitigate the impact of the shipping crisis, it has already affected the UK in several ways, including:
Happag Lloyd announcing the weekly service has been changed for a service every 2 weeks while reporting limited container availability in Colombia.
Hamburg Sud suspending the route to the UK until the high levels of congestion at UK ports is resolved.
CMA limiting container availability in Colombia.
We will be monitoring things closely and will keep you updated as the situation progresses.
Thank you for your understanding and patience,