About 60% of British suppliers have experienced import delays in the past month. The six-day-long Suez Canal blockage in March is partly to blame, as goods meant to arrive weeks ago are still stuck on container ships elsewhere. But there are other factors. Covid-19 restrictions, increasing global demand for shipping containers, disruption caused by India's public health crisis, and a shortage of packaging materials means UK businesses are already struggling to meet summer demand. With competition for container space so high, smaller businesses are being priced out of landing the goods and materials that they need. Items like camping equipment have seen a spike in demand as more families look to domestic holidays.
Warning of summer products shortageWritten by David Fletcher 11 Jun 2021
- Pray: for small businesses trying to compete with large retailers in challenging times to find avenues of commerce to save their livelihoods. (Psalm 10:12)
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