Asian supply chains experience the same volume issues with the shipping lines every year, around the Chinese New Year period, and it never fails to catch many out, as demand peaks in the run-up and falls away after, resulting in many blanked sailings.
The Toy Fair returned to Olympia London last week, and once again Norman Global Logistics were the only shipping experts exhibiting at the largest industry gathering for toys, games and hobbies.
The Lunar New Year 2019 or Spring Festival, is the biggest Chinese celebration of the year, taking place 3rd to 9th February, with its usual profound impact on supply chains.
The port of Shanghai has retained its status as the world’s business container port for the ninth consecutive year, must to the delight of our colleagues in China’s biggest city.
The ongoing disruption at Britain’s biggest container ports shows no signs of ending and is now exposing fundamental weaknesses in the container haulage industry, that look endemic, putting the future of the industry in doubt, without immediate change and reform.
Scrap recyclers who spent decades refining the export of red metal scrap to China now view the disruption caused by China’s sudden restrictions on imported scrap, and the unintended consequences that are emerging.
China is getting ready for Golden Week, a seven-day festival, for which the country goes into virtual shut-down. Factories close and forwarders, logistics providers and other supply chain participants also shut their doors as China and Hong Kong celebrate this holiday.
Shanghai is one of China’s most important cities and a powerhouse for the country’s logistics infrastructure. We have a great team in place and are pleased to welcome our newest member: Business development manager Niclas Andersson.
Sluggish German demand and Brexit uncertainty contributed to a disappointing first half year for the shipping lines, as volumes from Asia to North Europe failed to keep up with other booming markets, but there are signs that things may be moving in the lines favour.
Ocean and air carriers are benefitting from massive increases in demand ahead of the traditional peak season, as US shippers try to deal with President Trump’s tariffs. The question is what impact (if any) this will have on the China-Europe trade lane.