Shipping delays, we have written repeatedly about the shipping and other factors that have affected so many orders. The graph below shows the on time performance of global fleets.
Shipping delays, along with increased shipments, Covid related staffing problems, container availability problems, port and trucking issues are combining to make Q4 a logistics nightmare. There is no doubt that this disruption will continue into Q1. To mitigate delays we encourage you to place your orders as early as possible.
More details on carrier schedule reliability may be found here.
Reefer Availability – France/Spain Reefer availability continues to be an issue. For the West Coast, we are experiencing a 2+ week delay in reefer shipments. For the East Coast, delays are approximately 2 weeks. As an alternative, we would suggest you consider insulated containers for East Coast shipments. In the case of LCL shipments, this will not only result in quicker shipment, but the cost per case of an insulated shipment will be reduced by $0.75. We will be reaching out to our customers, who currently have East Coast shipments booked, to see if you would like to change from reefer to insulated containers. As of this week, we are now experiencing 3 – 4 day delays for release of containers from East and West Coast ports.
Federal Maritime Commission expands investigation of ports’ demurrage, detention problems. The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) is reacting to the growing chorus of complaints and protests about operations at the ports of Long Beach, Los Angeles and New York/New Jersey by launching an expansion of an existing fact-finding mission. More details may be found here.