China Exports to US Fall Almost 30%
March 11, 2020
Cargo tracking results show that container shipments from China to the US were down about 30% over their seasonal average for the past 30 days. While there is an uptick in container bookings in the past two weeks many are predicting that volumes are likely to stay below the seasonal averages for the next few months. Chinese Government officials are reporting that many larger factories have gotten back to work with some reporting over 80% over their workers having returned. Many companies are being forced to utilize temporary labor and are paying a premium to keep their staffing levels where they are needed.
Many companies who moved their manufacturing operations to other countries (Vietnam, India, Thailand an others) are reporting that they are struggling to obtain raw materials and parts since China is still the top supplier for these items. This is expected to continue for the next month or two and could mean shipping delays from other countries outside of China.
Shipping Delays Still Occurring
Ocean Carriers are still having “blank” (cancelled) sailings and shipping capacity has been reduced as demand has dropped. Carriers are looking to prop up rates and reduce losses even in this soft market. Rate fluctuations are occurring and importers would be wise to check rates and confirm validity dates before being “surprised” with added costs. With the cancelled sailings importers may see a higher likelihood of “rolled” (delayed) containers in the coming weeks and months.
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