The Global Shippers Forum (GSF) has issued a statement saying that the wave of congestion that is sweeping through global supply chains delaying deliveries of seasonal goods and essential commodities is not set to subside anytime soon.
James Hookham, GSF’s Director, has highlighted the challenges that importers and exporters face in getting their goods on shelves and in warehouses for the winter holiday season. According to Hookham, Importers and exporters are struggling with historically poor levels of service from shipping lines, ports and terminals, and inland logistics providers, yet paying the highest shipping rates and surcharges seen for decades.
He said that “Global shippers are riding a tidal wave of congestion this Peak Season that started in exporting countries and is now arriving on the shores of importers and sweeping inland. First, we had lockdowns in Chinese ports, then an inexplicable shortage of empty containers, then the ships suddenly all maxed out and slots were like gold dust (and costing as much)."
"Now our goods are queuing to get into ports, waiting for a crane to unload the box and then for a driver to move it inland to where we need it. It’s been a tough ride and it’s not yet over, but most of us are still standing, although, sadly, there will be ‘wipe-outs’.”