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Sunday, October 03, 2021

Seafarers, truck drivers and airline workers have endured quarantines, travel restrictions and complex Covid-19 vaccination and testing requirements to keep stretched supply chains moving during the pandemic.



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It should be obvious by now that there are some huge issues. The backups in the ports are just growing and have been for months (a year?). The point is they are only getting worse though.

Truckers seem to be the week point. The need for Truck drivers is and has been huge since the outbreak. If I am not mistaken there was already a smallish shortage before then. Truck driving is a terrible profession. It tends to ruin your health, you are on the road all the time and employers expect you to run the max number of hours typically. Independent drivers don't fair much better. Throw in that the ports require special clearances... I am sure most of you have noticed gas stations without gas this summer - not enough drivers to deliver. But even worse the sheer volume of goods sitting in the ports and worse on the ships is staggering. I know one independent driver who was waiting for parts and had to cut his losses and by a new truck so there is that impact as well.

I agree with a statement in the article that it is time for the governments to step in. Capitalism isn't doing it. There has been talk of mobilizing the national guard at the ports. Solving the trucking problem will resolve a LOT of problems for other segments of the economy as well. We had to wait for machinery to make it through customs this year from Europe. Two machines from two different vendors one was 2 months and the other was 3 months delayed.

#1 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2021-10-03 11:53 AM | Reply

'Just in time' delivery is great - until it isn't.

For those who are unaware of the term:

"The just-in-time (JIT) inventory system is a management strategy that aligns raw-material orders from suppliers directly with production schedules. Companies employ this inventory strategy to increase efficiency and decrease waste by receiving goods only as they need them for the production process, which reduces inventory costs. This method requires producers to forecast demand accurately."

#2 | Posted by MSgt at 2021-10-03 12:13 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

That North Korean principle of Self-Reliance is looking pretty wise...

#3 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-10-03 12:35 PM | Reply

Cost of shipping one container from China to the US has risen from $10,000 to $40,000.

The time to ship goods from the factory in China to a warehouse in the US has more than doubled from about 10 days to over 20 days.

The line of container ships at long Beach, Calif waiting to dock and be unloaded is now over one week long.

Retail is entering the busiest period of the year for them, the time when they make most of their profits - the holiday shopping season. But what they hope to sell is sitting on a container ship, somewhere in the Pacific Ocean, if it has even left the China factory yet.

China's energy crisis is beginning to affect manufacturing output.

#4 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-10-03 01:01 PM | Reply

"China's energy crisis is beginning to affect manufacturing output."

China's energy crisis:

#5 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-10-03 01:25 PM | Reply

Pro tip to shoppers: Buy American

Pro tip to elected officials: Pass the damn infrastructure bill ...

#6 | Posted by Catdog at 2021-10-03 04:47 PM | Reply

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