The cost to move goods in a shipping container to Europe from Asia shot above $10,000 for the first time on record, an index showed, underscoring the pain inflicted on exporters and importers struggling with stretched supply chains.
Ray daSilva, President Mobility Exchange, LLC | Director of Learning Development at IAM Learning posted today (28May21) on LinkedIn… “According to a Flexport article https://bit.ly/34tpjSR, 44,000 iPhones fit into a 40 foot container.
At $3000 per container, the cost of ocean shipping would have been $0.07 per iPhone.
With the increase of shipping rates to $10,000, the freight cost has jumped to $0.23. This is why many consumers are not noticing the supply chain crisis.
The situation is a bit different for the international moving industry.
Ocean freight can make up about 25% of the cost of a door-to-door international move.
This means a $12,000 move may now cost $19,000.
That kind of price hike in the space of months is hard to explain to consumers.
View the White Paper and Video on this subject prepared by the International Association of Movers (IAM): https://bit.ly/2NGSrAY “
The Drewry World Container Index released Thursday showed the rate for a 40-foot container from Shanghai to Rotterdam rose to $10,174, up 3.1% from a week ago and a 485% jump from a year ago. The composite index of eight major routes rose 2% to $6,257 from a week earlier and was 293% higher than a year ago, Drewry said. Both were the highest in records going back to 2011.
In the U.S. and elsewhere, many shippers of cargo have had to pay in excess of $10,000 per container in this year’s tight spot market for seaborne freight, where deals with ocean carriers include hefty surcharges to ensure on-time delivery or guaranteed loading.
Meanwhile, shares of A.P. Moller-Maersk A/S, the world’s No. 1 container liner, hit a record high earlier this week. ZIM Integrated Shipping Services Ltd., an Israeli carrier that went public in late January, traded this month at more than triple its IPO price of $15 a share.
High ocean-freight rates have helped spur a surge in orders for new container ships during the first five months of this year, according to industry group BIMCO.