New Outbreaks Continue to Disrupt Supply Chain, Maersk Says

Danish container shipping giant Maersk said the pandemic still impacts the global supply chain as the company confirms that it still struggles to move goods around the world and the solution is taking longer than it had expected.

The pandemic has caused container ship shortages and bottlenecks at ports at a time when consumer spending has peaked. Hundreds of container ships are lying idle outside ports.

Maersk published an article on its website saying 2022 has not started as it had hoped. The statement added that new outbreaks of the pandemic was impacting the company’s ability to move cargoes, and it could continue to be the case for a while.

Maersk said the waiting times have been particularly an issue in the U.S. West Coast. Waiting times at Los Angeles’ Long Beach port has reached between 38 and 45 days.

The company also said there was some good news as the Port of Antwerp in Belgium is expected to reduce the wait to two days this week from 10 days the week before.

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