Brexit is now less than a year away. And while the UK government have negotiated a 21 month transition period, there is still no clarification of the deal being sought. Which means that while businesses continue to have no idea what planning to undertake and time is running out…………
North American supply chains are experiencing massive disruption as bad weather continues to impact operations and port delays are exacerbated by a shortage of haulage capacity that is so bad, shippers are snooping to find potential hauliers.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, a recent Deloitte survey found that cost reduction is the main priority for 75% of buyers. What is surprising is that nearly as many confessed that they had no supply chain visibility past tier 1 suppliers.
While Hyundai Merchant Marine gets ready to re-enter the Asia/Europe trade with the route’s smallest ships, 2018 is set to be the year of the ultra-large containership, with 53 ships larger than 13,500 TEU scheduled for delivery in the coming months.
Schedule reliability is critical and can cause huge problems if it declines because a vessel is delayed, a sailing omitted, or a container rolled. All typical scenarios in the period before and after the Chinese New Year holidays which start this week.