Author: neil

New year brings new all-time high for shipping’s epic traffic jam

America made it through Christmas without too many bare shelves, despite historic port congestion. Goods were brought in early and shoppers shopped early. Holiday sales were up 11% from 2019, pre-COVID. Consumer fears of a holiday shortage appear to have spiked in October, then pulled back...

Shipping Congestion Is Growing at Shanghai Port

Ships looking to avoid Covid-induced delays in China are making a beeline for Shanghai, causing growing congestion at the world’s biggest container port. Shipping firms are making the switch to avoid delays at nearby Ningbo, which suspended some trucking services near that port after an outbreak...

China COVID-19 Update

According to the National Health Commission (NHC), China reported 157 new confirmed cases on Sunday (January 9th, 2022), including 97 which were locally transmitted. As of January 10th, there are 18 high-risk areas, including 12 in Yuzhou city of Henan province, 2 in Tangyin District...

Operational Constraints in Key Regions

2021 proved a challenging year for global supply chains, seeing significant disruption and bottlenecks around the world. We saw pockets of improvements, only to get setbacks when terminals or vessels encountered a COVID-19 outbreak. Unfortunately, 2022 has not started off as we had hoped. The...

Trucker Snarl in East China Hits Ningbo’s Container Shipping

A suspension of trucking services in several parts of East China’s Zhejiang province has slowed the transportation of manufactured goods and commodities through one of the world’s most important ports. There are strict controls on trucks moving goods to or from the Beilun district in Ningbo...

Shenzhen on alert as more Covid-19 cases crop up

China’s whac-a-mole approach to containing Covid-19 is seeing restrictions rushed in at many more important hubs across the country as the nation struggles to contain more contagious variants spreading. Two Covid-19 cases in Shenzhen have seen local authorities usher in travel bans making it difficult to...

B.C. flood recovery continues, but it’s hardly trucking as usual

Weeks after severe flooding wreaked havoc on B.C.’s road and rail network, round-the-clock repairs are bringing a sense of stability to carriers that haul freight in the province. As for normalcy, that’s something else entirely. A lack of predictability remains the big problem, says Dave Earle,...

Hong Kong suspends flights from eight countries

Hong Kong has announced that passengers from eight countries will be banned from entering the country for 14 days. The flight ban will impact passengers from Australia, the UK, Canada, France, India, Pakistan, the Philippines and the US, including transferring passengers. The measure comes into force on...

Global shipping container shortage

The global shipping industry is experiencing a container shortage caused by Covid-19 which first occurred back when the Covid-19 pandemic started in early 2019.The current situationNational lockdowns in different country, shortage of workers, social distancing guidelines and goods production being stunted, saw a global shortage...

Capacity shortages see ocean freight rates rise again

Efforts to reduce congestion at Long Beach and Los Angeles may actually be adding to supply chain disruption by increasing the time it takes for goods to get to market and forcing up freight rates. Data from freight forwarding technology company Shifl shows that a consistent...