Get in Early for your Christmas Shopping to Avoid Headaches!

Aussies are being warned not to leave their Christmas shopping until the last minute as retailers continue to grapple with supply chain issues.

The Australian Retailers Association, which represents more than 50,000 shopfronts, urged shoppers to plan early to avoid disappointment.

Australian Retailers Association chief executive Paul Zahra said tightened Covid restrictions in China and the temporary closure of one of the world’s busiest ports has prompted deep concern about the further impact on global supply chains.

“Supply chain issues have been an ...

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Increased Online Spending, Demand, Congestion, the Busiest Ports in the World and How the Shipping Industry is Handling the Pandemic

17/08/21

Today over 750 million containers – measured in 20-foot equivalent units (TEUs) – are moved through almost 900 container ports across 141 countries each year. With the pandemic increasing the amount of time spent at home through lockdowns, this has resulted in a pandemic-led boom in online shopping for the option of next day delivery in high demand.

According to data from the United Nations, in Australia, the online retail sales were $13.5 billion in 2018 and in 2020 this ...

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Covid-19 Creates Chaos in Vietnam and China – What Does This Mean For Shipping?

In China, ports at Shanghai and Ningbo are reportedly facing additional congestion from new Covid restrictions. The two ports were hit hard by a typhoon late last month and have seen productivity slow as new anti-Covid measures are being carried out at most Chinese quaysides in the wake of the sudden spread of the delta variant of Covid-19 over the past three weeks.

Several Chinese cities, including Zhangjiajie, Zhengzhou and Beijing have restricted movements such as limiting public transport, locking down specific ...

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Shipping Industry Braces as China Experiences their Worst Covid Outbreak in a Year

05/08/21

Shipping will need to start to make contingency plans if cases of Covid-19 continue to escalate in China, one of the world’s most important nations for shipping movements.

The delta variant has broken through the country’s virus defences, which are some of the strictest in the world, and reached nearly half of China’s 32 provinces in just two weeks. While the overall number of infections — more than 360 so far — is still lower than Covid resurgences ...

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More Freight Delays Expected In China This Week Due To Typhoon

Written 26/07/21

More freight delays are expected in China this week, after typhoon In-Fa forced the closure of Shanghai’s container port and airport over the weekend.

Last week the typhoon brought a tremendous amount of rainfall that caused flooding in China’s central Henan province, causing disruptions at Zhengzhou (CGO), a major airfreight hub.

A spokesperson for Cargolux airline said on Friday: “Flight delays have been experienced, but things are returning to normal. Although cargo flights are not restricted, customs ...

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Update on the situation at Yantian International Container Terminal in Shenzhen, China

As of 2/06/21 from the Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC):

“There is an ongoing congestion issue at the Yantian International Container Terminal (YICT), and that yard density remains high.

A number of COVID-19 cases had emerged at the port last week, and tightened health and safety measures have been rolled out by local authorities.

The overall operation productivity at YICT has been adversely impacted, and we expect the current vessel berthing delays and port congestion situation will likely continue for at least a week.

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