Logistics havoc causing new supply chain delays, rising costs for consumers

By Davide Ghilotti
Published: Monday, 10 May 2021

Consuming markets of commodity raw materials are under pressure yet again from a combination of renewed increases in sea freight costs and overstretched logistics, making delivery schedules unreliable and causing long delays at a time when suppliers are tightening contracting terms to reduce liability.

While industry analysts debate fiercely over whether a new commodity supercycle (a period of consistently high commodity prices against historic levels) is under way or not, pressure points have built up in mining supply chains between origins in Asia – especially China – and western destination markets.

The sector is facing a...

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