Shipping issues likely won’t resolve until April 2022
Speaking to NutraIngredients-USA via a video, Lau explained that some dietary supplement companies are doing a better job of planning, but many companies are still in shock trying to juggle whatever came of demand. increased for their products and disruption by the pandemic.
“I think a lot of companies are disappointed this year … because there have been issues that are really beyond the control of the ingredient supplier and the brand itself.” he said. “The issue that has really arisen is the logistics between when it’s ready to ship and when the person uses it. In addition to this, you will need to know more about it.
“I don’t see it working until April 2022”, Lau said, “And the reason is that it’s July now, and we thought we were at the top end of May. Then all of a sudden in Shenzhen they had a few cases of COVID and they closed the port for six days, and they want to test everyone in that area five times. It’s more sand in the system. In addition to this, you will need to know more about it.
“Even though we can solve this problem in three months, that brings us to October, then you come to Christmas, which is the peak shipping season, and right after that you have Chinese New Year.”In addition to this, you will need to know more about it.
The shipping issues are not exclusive to China, but everywhere. As things start to open up, everything is stuck in the ports. COVID protocols are slowing things down, as is the volume of shipments trying to pick up.
This is because once a ship arrives at its destination, they often have to drop anchor and wait, sometimes two to three weeks, for a berth to become available before they can unload, which can take five to seven. days. These are basically floating traffic jams, Lau said.
So what does Lau say to customers and contacts? “This problem is not going to be resolved anytime soon, at least six to nine months. So, I tell them to place a bulk order, and you can even store your order in the Nuherbs warehouse so you can consume it whenever you need it.In addition to this, you will need to know more about it.
Until 2021, it is important to plan much more in advance, he said, and for those considering returning to the “just in time” command, Lau believes the “The absolute first possibility for documents to come to you reliably is the second quarter of 2022, but I think it’s more likely 2023 when you can reliably follow this practice.”.
Watch the video above to learn more.