How The Epidemic Transformed Ordinary Shipping Containers Into Some Of The Most Sought

Nikki Attkisson | Last Updated : September 10, 2021

It was expected that the 30,000 aluminum tins would arrive in a twenty-foot shipping container before the end of the month. Months later, they haven’t come, and SJ Hunt, a co-founder of Lavolio, a London-based boutique confectionary, is beginning to worry about her business.

In order to guarantee that the custom-made boxes, which Lavolio fills with chocolates that are packed with dried fruit, nuts, and jelly, made it from the factory in East Asia to such a port in Suffolk, England, Hunt spent a large sum of money to ensure that they arrived safely. 

How The Epidemic Transformed Ordinary Shipping Containers Into Some Of The Most Sought

Hunt and her business partner LaviniaDavolio typically costs $1,500 and $2,000 to rent a shipping container for this trip.

How The Epidemic Transformed Ordinary Shipping Containers Into Some Of The Most Sought

This time, they were required to pay more than $10,000, which is a significant amount to spend about something that has not yet materialized. ” Huntsummarised the situation as follows: “It’s been a nightmare, and it’s been unprecedented for us,” he said.

Global shipping is still in a state of panic almost 18 months after the Covid-19 epidemic began, with backlogs threatening to engulf the prime Christmas shopping season.

The market for steel shipping containers makes it quite apparent that a return to normalcy is unlikely any time in the foreseeable future. Prior to the outbreak of the coronavirus, businesses were able to hire a simple 20-foot or 40-foot box without relative ease, enabling them to transport products at a reasonable rate.

Containers have a useful life of about 15 years until they are recycled into low-cost storage or construction solutions for other purposes.

However, empty boxes may still be seen strewn throughout Europe and America, and supply chain delays mean that even more boxes are required to complete orders.

On the other hand, the demand for products has increased dramatically, leaving the network of ships, containers, and trucks that transport commerce across the globe with little time to adjust. As a consequence, shipping containers have become very difficult to come by and highly costly. 

According to Drewry, international marine research and consultancy, approximately $1,920 were paid by businesses one year ago to reserve a 40-foot steel container on an industry-standard route between Europe and China.

Firms are now spending more than $14,000 per employee, representing a more than 600 percent rise from the previous year. Meanwhile, the cost of purchasing a container outright has more than quadrupled in recent years.

Businesses all around the world are trying to keep up. Ikea, the world’s largest furniture retailer, has purchased its own shipping containers in an effort to alleviate specific logistical difficulties.

This is not an option for a tiny candymaker like Lavolio, which is reconsidering its growth plans and may be forced to increase prices as a result of supply chain issues that are not going away. This is indicative of the wider harm caused by distribution network problems that are not going away.

It’s a container disaster! For months, global supply systems have been pushed to their breaking point, resulting in shortages of everything from microchips to McDonald’s milkshakes, among other things. In the midst of the turmoil, container boxes have played a significant role. 

Nikki Attkisson

With over 15 years as a practicing journalist, Nikki Attkisson found herself at Powdersville Post now after working at several other publications. She is an award-winning journalist with an entrepreneurial spirit and worked as a journalist covering technology, innovation, environmental issues, politics, health etc. Nikki Attkisson has also worked on product development, content strategy, and editorial management for numerous media companies. She began her career at local news stations and worked as a reporter in national newspapers.

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