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 Post subject: Re: Delivery Delay
PostPosted: Tue Sep 14, 2021 2:20 pm 
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Everything coming through LAX and San Diego is delayed at record setting levels. See https://www.businessinsider.com/shippin ... rts-2021-8

The record for most ships stuck off these ports has been set four times in the last three weeks and stands at a current 56 ships. If you assume these are all container ships (they're not but let's make it easier to understand) that carry 10,000 containers apiece (many can carry much more). That's 560,000 containers sitting outside the ports waiting to get in, never mind the ships in port and the containers waiting for rail or truck transportation.

And just to make life interesting, Port of Corpus Christi is sending ships to sea because of Tropical Storm Nicholas, New Orleans is still picking up from whatever storm just hit it, and the Port of Shanghai is bracing for Typhoon Chanthu. By the way, we're also very short on truck drivers.

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 Post subject: Re: Delivery Delay
PostPosted: Tue Sep 14, 2021 4:10 pm 
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Ughhh

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 Post subject: Re: Delivery Delay
PostPosted: Tue Sep 14, 2021 11:45 pm 
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Many items should consider using air freight, which can be less costly than you think and can sometimes bypass gateway airports. Certainly Hobie inflatable kayaks/boards and accessories should be able to fly from China.

I have even had modular rigid boats fly to me. A 2 piece rotomolded kayak cost me $60 for a 3000 mile flight, and a large 4 piece nesting fiberglass sailboat-on-a-pallet was airfreighted for free from nearly the exact opposite longitude on the globe. The sellers ate some air fees, but have air shipped me all kinds of inflatables with up to 4 person capacity from Europe where exports escape their usual 20% vat tax.

Yeah, there is a shortage of pilots but an excess of aircraft, especially with mothballing of practically new A380s which perhaps could be fitted with kayak racks:) Water shipping has been a bit dysfunctional even in good times because it is a visible target for gatekeepers with certain agendas. Air freight is less centralized, except for customs. My last import sat in (SC?) customs warehouses for 6 weeks while I escalated. BTW If Hobie builds modular rigid kayaks I hope they avoid the problem of mine where sand jams the pieces so they resist separating.

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 Post subject: Re: Delivery Delay
PostPosted: Wed Sep 15, 2021 8:32 am 
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We are spending $100s of thousands on air freight. Not cheap when you consider the volume that we buy, but we have to to keep production running.

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