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Victoria, Austalia

Shipping container shortages, port delays persist

Boxes of citrus are piling up in the cool rooms at Seaway Intermodal in Victoria’s north-west. The goods should be bound for export markets, but shipping delays and the pandemic are making things much more challenging.

According to Ros Milverton from Seaway Intermodal, there were major issues in the supply chain at the moment: “In recent years we’ve had fewer shipping lines calling through Australia, although they’ve been larger vessels, but when they call less often it does create more complexity to make sure we meet the market. This was happening a bit prior to the pandemic but with overseas port issues since then it’s proved really difficult to manage export programs.”

Seaway Intermodal was also finding it difficult to source refrigerated shipping containers. “Once we get availability of containers, then the other trick is finding plug space on the vessels where the refrigerated containers can continue their cold treatment right through to market,” Ms Milverton told

Ms Milverton said it was not just citrus exports that were being impacted. Almonds from the region were also struggling with vessel changes and shipping container availability.

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