Heatmap reveals the ports causing the most disruption to the global supply chain

A new global heatmap has revealed the ports experiencing the most delays and impacting the transport of goods, including beverages, around the world.

Talk to any beverage producer almost anywhere in the world right now and they’ll tell you about the lack of raw materials and the long wait times for orders. At ProWein the beverage trade spoke to a Chilean producer who said he had the next vintage of his wine ready to go, and a bottle label designed and made, but was frustrated not being able to release the wine due to the scarcity of glass.

But have you ever wondered where the bottlenecks, so to speak, occur? A recent global heatmap created by CNBC, created with the help of major maritime and logistics data providers, shows this.

The map tracks all supply chain factors including plant capacity, vessel availability, container availability, trucking capacity, port productivity, vessel transit time and railway capacity.

In the United States, the ports of Oakland and Los Angeles top the list for congestion, according to data from MarineTraffic and Blume Global.

In the Port of Oakland, ships currently take six days to unload and load, while import containers wait nearly 11 days at the port before being transported.

The Port of Los Angeles has the second highest wait time, taking almost 12 days for containers to leave the port and 5.5 days for ships to be processed.

New York is also experiencing excessive congestion, although the southern states of Charleston, Savannah and Houston appear to be less affected.

According to the analysis of the data, a large part of the delays are caused by staff shortages, either due to Covid diagnoses, lockdowns or the simple resignation of staff.

BNSF, one of the largest freight railroads in North America, serves the Port of Los Angeles. However, more than 1,000 of its rail workers have reportedly postponed furlough since February over a labor dispute over the company’s attendance policy, further compounding the delays.

In Asia-Pacific, Shanghai in particular is experiencing lengthy truck delays due to a lack of drivers, largely due to ongoing lockdowns in the city.

The ports of Ningbo in eastern China and Quindao, usually one of the 10 busiest ports in the world, are also on the red list due to a lack of containers and available vessels.

As a CNBC report points out, a ship at rest doesn’t make money.

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