Coronavirus Effect on Supply Chains

Coronavirus Effect on Supply Chains

The oft-deadly coronavirus is delivering some early year disruption to the container shipping market. Chinese factories may be slowly getting back to work but the damage is already done, and there's no guarantee factories will be up to full power anytime soon. China travel restrictions are crimping domestic truck delivery and challenging factories' ability to get crucial components from their suppliers. Unsurprisingly,  the backlog of factory orders is frustrating container lines and importers alike. Cargo owners have few options, with air cargo services connecting to China restricted and container lines blanking sailings due to reduced demand. Check this special page for regular updates on how the industry is responding.

News & Analysis

27 Feb 2020
Ports in the southeast US anticipate a double-digit decline in cargo volumes in March and April due to the coronavirus.
27 Feb 2020
Kuehne + Nagel wants to expand its Asia network, and the giant forwarder has its eyes on specific targets in the region.
27 Feb 2020
Project cargo bound for industrial projects is trapped in China due to measures to control coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), triggering project delays and endangering a normally reliable cargo market.
27 Feb 2020
The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak will distort container flows and global equipment fleet balance for at least another 90 to 120 days, according to Gregory Tuthill, chief commercial officer at SeaCube Containers.
26 Feb 2020
Domestic intermodal volumes rose in January year on year, but there is little else for intermodal marketing companies (IMCs) to feel good about right now.
26 Feb 2020
Los Angeles and Long Beach ports predict a 12 to 15 percent decline in cargo volume in the first quarter due largely to the impact of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) on production in Asia.