For those not aware, I work in the world of industrial distribution. Today I received an interesting note from one of my vendors.
They are experiencing product shipment delays to their USA customers due to “congestion at the ports”. First one of these I have received.
This particular product (it is a finished good, not a part) is made in Korea, so I have to assume this is the West Coast.
So, let me try to understand this.
Covid isn’t a problem “over there”? They are making so much stuff that our ports are clogged? Or is it a problem and they just don’t care?
As I mentioned in a previous post, the mighty struggle right now is getting finished goods from factories in the USA due to covid related sick outs and factory slowdowns due to new safety procedures. If the rest of the world is working in a normal fashion and able to make enough stuff to clog our ports, why aren’t we?
Or are we getting so many sickouts at the ports that they can’t unload the ships? And why is this happening now instead of a few months ago?
I’ve been in business long enough to know that something smells. Bad.