Start your Christmas shopping NOW as international freight delays could ruin the holiday season
Australians are being warned to start Christmas shopping now as international freight delays, quayside disputes and rising prices create the ‘perfect storm’ to spoil the holiday season.
The supply of international goods has been hit hard by the shortage of ships and an almost quadrupled increase in container costs since last year, due to the global pandemic causing chaos at major ports around the world.
Residents across Australia, especially Victoria, are urged to shop locally and early to avoid disappointment for the holidays ahead.
Australians are being advised to start Christmas shopping now and shop locally due to supply chain issues causing delays around the world
Industry groups believe it is only a matter of time before the price increase is felt by consumers, with hardware and lumber at the top of the list of products to raise prices or disappear altogether. shelves.
On top of that, a shortage of truck drivers due to Covid-19 vaccine mandates will also put pressure on shipping products to consumers.
Peter Anderson, general manager of the Victorian Transport Association, said 10% of the workforce was unavailable for interstate deliveries because of the mandates.
“Victorians need to prepare for a short to medium term shortage of goods heading into Christmas due to the massive supply chain disruptions we anticipate due to industrial action and labor shortages. “he told the Sun Herald.
Workers’ strikes at the port of Melbourne planned by the maritime union over wage disputes would lead to delays of at least a week by mid-October.
The Covid-19 pandemic has been a factor in causing shipping delays, rising container prices and a shortage of ships (pictured by Christmas shoppers in Australia)
The Maritime Union of Australia informed freight operator Patrick Terminals last week that hundreds of workers will go on strike.
With a backlog of containers at major ports in Asia-Pacific regions and key cities across the United States, Maritime Union of Australia Deputy National Secretary Jamie Newlyn blames the freight operator for these disputes and for possible delays resulting from it.
Victorian director of the Australian Industry Group, Tim Piper, said consumers should prepare for delays and price increases due to shortages of ships and the price of some shipping containers up 360 percent in a single year.
“Buy now for Christmas, don’t leave it until you usually do,” he urged.
“And look local – we’re going to be buying more online than we’ve ever considered and if you buy from local operators you’re much more likely to receive your items on time.”
Victorian Australian Industry Group director Tim Piper urged residents to buy locally, especially when shopping online (pictured) to avoid long delays
Paul Zahra, chief executive of the Australian Retailers Association, also urged consumers to start their Christmas as soon as possible due to the pressure on supply chains “creating the perfect storm for retailers and consumers”.
“Some distribution centers and warehouses have been affected by downsizing due to the Covid cases, there are labor disputes between delivery drivers and port workers, while state border controls and limited domestic flights also have an impact on the movement of goods, ”he said.
Likewise, Rodney Boys, Australia Post’s acting chief executive, said the company was already operating at Christmas-like levels due to lockdowns in parts of the country.
He said postal workers and delivery drivers deliver more than 10 million packages every week.
“This Christmas is definitely going to be the busiest we’ve ever seen,” Mr. Boys said. The Sydney Morning Herald.
“It’s important that shoppers start thinking about their Christmas shopping now and send gifts early, especially if they are posting overseas.”
Australia Post acting manager Rodney Boys said delivery drivers and postal services (pictured) were already operating at Christmas-like levels with more than 10 million packages delivered to Australians every week.
Alexi Boyd, chief executive of the Council of Small Business Organizations Australia, said consumers and businesses need to prepare as the country needs to learn lessons from international supply chain crises.
The director of one of Australia’s leading freight specialists, Global Forwarding Enrica Centorame, said it was the worst she had seen in the global supply chain in 25 years.
It revealed that Australia is experiencing a delay of up to six months in receiving a range of goods largely due to outbreaks of Covid in shipping ports as well as its impact on productivity and the production.
Alexi Boyd, chief executive of the Council of Small Business Organizations Australia, said consumers and businesses need to be prepared for these delays and product unavailability.
She also commented that the blockade of the Suez Canal in March by Ever Given is still causing delays due to the incident.
“There are no two ways, the current situation is dire and the supply / demand imbalance is expected to remain the same for at least the next 12 months,” she told News.com.au.
“I strongly suggest everyone to plan ahead, not just for Christmas, but for any big purchases you plan to make next year.”
Global Forwarding Director Enrica Centorame said the container ship Ever Given which was stuck in the Suez Canal in March 2020 (pictured) is still causing delays due to the incident.