Date Posted:9 November 2021
Author: Jessica Yun C/- Sydney Morning Herald
Competition tsar Rod Sims has warned consumers to start their Christmas shopping now to avoid disappointment amid a COVID-19 induced, global supply chain crunch that he says is being exacerbated by controversial hiring quotas within the powerful maritime union.
Global supply chains have been thrown into chaos by the global pandemic, creating what Australian Competition and Consumer Commission chair Sims described as “disastrous knock-on effects” for local import and export businesses. “It’s a system that really ran like clockwork, and when it gets disrupted, it has a massive cascading effect,” he told the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age.
The shipping crisis has prompted retailers to warn consumers to expect delays and shortages heading into Christmas.
But new analysis from the ACCC, to be released on Thursday, finds that Australia’s shipping issues predate the pandemic, with expensive rates and major delays and disruptions fostering a perception the nation’s ports are inefficient and “well below” international standards.
Australia’s largest two container ports of Melbourne and Sydney ranked in the bottom 15 and 10 percent among a World Bank study of 351 global ports. Some shipping lines have already reduced or entirely withdrawn services from Australia.
We recommend you starting to consider your Christmas shopping from now, we have 6 x 40ft containers of stock arriving between November 15th and December 10th we anticipate that the stock should arrive by the given date, but as the current climate suggests things may be slightly delayed once the container vessels enter Australian waters.