The sharp increase in sea and air freight costs in 2021 has caused headaches for many sellers, and in the first month of 2022, there were news that freight prices will rise again
Meisen prices may rise again across the board!
The price of Meisen isIn 2021, it can be said that the price of shipping and container costs has skyrocketed, reaching almost $40000 at one point.
During this period, Meisen's prices have also been reduced, such asDuring the National Day of 2021, there was a rebound afterwards. From the highest close to 30 to the lowest, it drops below 20, with frequent fluctuations. Many carriers originally thought there would be some relief in 2022, but the reality is not as expected.
According to many industry insiders, Meisen prices will experience another round of price increases next week, and European routes are no exception.
As early asAt the end of December 2021, there will be many freight forwardersThe price of the ship may rise to one container20000 US dollars, andMeisenEven more soWill reachreach26000 US dollarsMeisen's regular ships will also increase to$40000. The reason for its increase is due to the suspension of regular ships on related routes and tight cabin conditions,There are still unresolved supply chain issues.
In addition, the recurrence of the epidemic has exacerbated the deterioration of these issues. Recently, the epidemic in Beilun, Ningbo has also caused many Meisen cabinets that were shipped from the area to be transferred to nearby places such as Shanghai Port.
Many carriers have expressed that it is too difficult, not to mention the high price, and may also face the problem of whether the goods can be shipped or delivered.
The increase in Meisen's prices has caused distress to the carrier, but has brought a lot of benefits to the shipping company. According to Meisen's previous announcement,In the third quarter of the 2021 fiscal year, the company's operating revenue was $2.658 billion, a year-on-year increase of over 57%. In the third quarter alone, the operating revenue reached $1.072 billion, a year-on-year increase of 66.09%.
The profitability of shipping companies is quite abundant, which to some extent contrasts with the stable profits of small and medium-sized sellers. Some sellers have stated that after learning about the shipping cost, there is no other choice but to be helpless. The goods that should be shipped still need to be shipped, and the frequent fluctuations in shipping costs cannot be stabilized solely by one's own efforts.
Behind the rise in freight rates, port congestion has always been a top priority that needs to be addressed.
exceed100000 empty containers stranded, Los Angeles Port plans to charge
Although the peak season has ended and sellers' orders have gradually returned to mediocre, the congestion faced by ports remains tense, and the US government has been facing pressure to alleviate congestion. To this end, a series of related measures have also been taken, such as requiring the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach to operate 24/7, and charging demurrage fees for long-term containers.
According to the Executive Director of the Port of Los Angeles, since the port of Los AngelesSince announcing plans to charge for stranded containers on October 24th, the number of stranded containers at the port has decreased by 53%. On the other hand, according to Matt Schrap, CEO of the Port Truck Transport Association, the situation is different.
Matt Schrap stated that the shortage of productivity and efficiency is causing the supply chain problem, not the shortage of drivers and trucks. The accumulation of empty containers has made this situation worse.According to the Port Truck Transport Association, there are currently over100000 empty containers are stranded at ports in Los Angeles and Long Beach.
Regarding this, the Executive Director of Los Angeles PortGene Seroka announced last month that the port will impose a fee on long-term stranded empty containers starting from January 30th.Los Angeles Port plans to make a stopA fee of $100 will be charged for each empty container that lasts for more than 9 days, and as time increases, an additional $100 will be charged per day until the container leaves the port.
Seroka said, "Although we have achieved significant success in reducing the number of imported containers on the docks in the past two months, there are still too many empty containers on the shipping docks, just like the container demurrage fees previously charged. The purpose of this empty container program is not to collect fees, but to free up valuable space on our docks, clear roads for more ships, and improve mobility
This proposal needs to be addressed in theApproved by the Los Angeles Harbor Committee at the board meeting held on January 13th. Considering the multiple delays in container detention fees before, it remains to be seen whether this fee requirement for empty containers will be implemented.
But there are also concerns expressed by American carriers about the detention fees for empty containers at Los Angeles PortMay cause the shipping company to delay transporting the boxes back to the port. The hauling company also believes that,This may prompt ocean liners to adopt a stricter stance on accepting empty containers,Because there have been issues with returning empty containers before, many ports do not accept the return of empty containers if the extraction and loading of empty containers do not belong to the same maritime carrier.
In addition to sea transportation, the situation of domestic air transportation is also not significant.
The epidemic is on the verge of outbreak! Prohibited in Hong KongArrival of flights from 8 countries
On January 5th, a spokesperson for the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region stated that the fifth wave of the epidemic in Hong Kong is on the verge of outbreak. Therefore, starting from January 7th, Hong Kong will tighten social distancing measures for 14 days.
According to the editor's understanding, as ofOn January 4th, there were 102 confirmed cases in Omicron, Hong Kong, of which 97 were imported cases. On the evening of January 7th at 18:00,Accumulative confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of China301 cases!
To strengthen epidemic prevention and control efforts, Hong Kong willfromJanuary 8thtoOn January 21st,prohibitFlights from 8 countries arrived in Hong Kong, including civil aviation aircraft from the United States, France, India, Pakistan, the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, and the PhilippinesAnd individuals who have stayed in the aforementioned areas will also be prohibited from boarding and arriving in Hong Kong.
stayAround mid December, a new variant of the virus Omicron was discovered in multiple countries, followed by cases of infection in countries such as Israel, France, the United States, and the United Kingdom.
It is reported that in the past few days, countries such as the UK and France have added over200000 cases. As of 18:00 p.m. on January 7, there are more than 10.59 million confirmed cases in France and 3.24 million confirmed cases in Britain.
The United States, as a key epidemic country since the outbreak of the COVID-19 epidemicOn January 3rd, the newly confirmed cases exceeded 1 million, setting a new record for the highest daily increase since the outbreak of the epidemic.
At the same time, the epidemic situation in US ports is also not optimistic. According to foreign media reports, recentlyThe two major ports in the West and the United States, Los Angeles Port and Long Beach Port, have100 workers confirmed COVID-19This news is highly likely to have an impact onThe operational efficiency of the two major ports in the United States and West has had a serious impact. And the long-standing existence of the West Coast PortCongestion is severe, and the situation of low container evacuation efficiency is likely to worsen again.
Rising sea freight rates, increased container demurrage fees, and reduced international air freight flightsWill have a certain impact on cross-border sellers, and the repeated outbreak of the epidemic willCross border logistics obstructed,Container congestionAnd it will continue topromoteSeller'stransportation cost.
The current global epidemic situation is still severe, especially in European and American countries, where the epidemic is still in the outbreak stage. From the past situation, the epidemic will to some extent stimulate an increase in online consumption among European and American people;
But at the same time, due to the pandemicRising logistics costs, andTight supply chainIssues such as these remain important factors that seriously affect the development of the cross-border e-commerce industry, and sellers need to be prepared for long-term response to the epidemic.