The last few years in logistics have been an adventure. As we enter 2020, part three, our team has been keeping a pulse on industry trends. Here’s what we’re expecting from the logistics industry throughout 2022.
Expect More Delays
If your organization hasn’t gotten used to solving problems on the fly yet, you’ll get a chance to further polish those skills in the months to come. Already, we’re seeing snags throughout the supply chain, including vaccine mandates for truck drivers and continued shortages and backlogs.
Throughout the next two quarters, our team expects more of these changes to pop up in varying forms. Worker shortages, company and customs policy changes, and evolutions in COVID variants are among a few potential delay-causing items we’re keeping an eye on.
We know it can be disheartening, lean on us and we will help your organization handle all these curveballs.
Slow Pressure Relief
The buildup of ships off the west coast and the backlog of containers around the world have caused quite a stall in the supply chain. While the Port of Long Beach and Port of LA have been doing all they can to alleviate the buildup, Omicron has been making progress even more difficult. Once-optimistic headlines are now a little more subdued as cargo continues to stall.
There is a light on the horizon. It’s just…well, a little way off. Since everything in the supply chain is connected on a global scale, there’s no such thing as a quick fix to a major problem. The Suez Canal incident last March illustrated this perfectly. It’s the same with everything that’s compounded over the past months around the world.
The good news is relief will come. The bad news is we likely won’t start to see any signs of it until well into Q3. Still, when the time comes, the entire industry will heave a collective sigh of relief. Cargo will start moving, and even though we may still have worker shortages and COVID variants popping up, supply chains are projected to recover from the chaos they’ve seen since late 2019. We’ll cheers to that.
In the meantime, our team is standing by to help you navigate changing customs rules, backlogs, and a whole lot more. Reach out to your TOC representative for the latest industry info and how we can help keep your cargo on track.