If you are importing from United States, you may see delays in connections, loading and Bookings.
Heavy congestion at LAX/LGB is causing shipping delays of 2 – 3 weeks.
New York and Chicago gateways are facing equipment and driver shortages due to the weather.
Work at Container Freight Stations is disrupted because of equipment shortages, leading to delays in receiving and processing freight.
What does this mean?
LCL freight will be the most severely delayed.
When booking imports from USA, stipulate if you want the cargo as fast as possible, or as cheap as possible. There might be faster options routing through different ports.
These issues will not disappear in a month. It may continue for the rest of the year. We do not know. You may have to plan further ahead for purchases, and consider how much stock you can hold.
Notwithstanding constraints on finance and storage, if you can increase your orders, your unit costs for sea freight will reduce. The freight cost of the second pallet can be 40% cheaper than the cost of the first pallet.
If your normal order is 6 pallets, consider booking 10 pallets as FCL