The World Shipping Council recently created a video that helps to explain the current global supply chain crisis.
Global manufacturing and supply processes have been gravely affected since the beginning of the pandemic, but supply transport is experiencing some of its toughest times yet as the issue is now predicted to continue to worsen into the holiday season, with some projecting the cargo jam to last until next summer.
Currently, there are a record number of 146 cargo ships stuck off the California coast either with billions of dollars worth of merchandise. Delays began due to Covid-19 outbreaks among dockworkers and current delays are due to transport congestion, leading to bottlenecking at receiving ports.
“Global supply chains are a complex network connecting manufacturers, exporters, importers, rail, truck and ocean transport providers. Finely balanced, it can take a lot. But when Covid-19 closed down ports, put drivers in quarantine, the problems started. The US demand spike has maxed out inland capacity, containers are tied up in storage, and vessels stuck outside ports. But together we still move more volumes than ever, doing everything to keep supply chains moving,” The World Shipping Council explains.
Click here to watch the video.