A video from the U.S. Coast Guard shows the massive backup of container ships waiting to be unloaded at the Port of Los Angeles. As we’ve previously mentioned, Covid-19 disruptions continue to affect the availability of dock workers needed to unload ships and containers. With a backup in Western receiving, containers themselves aren’t able to be returned to Asia where exports are outpacing shipping capacity.
The new normal of larger amounts of ships on anchor waiting to be unloaded means longer times for receiving. Some ports are reporting up to 8 days for unloading to begin. Combined with trucking freight delays, supply chains will continue to tighten. For import steel pipe products, lead times and overall supply are stretching thin.
How We Can Help:
As we face extreme volatility in the commodities market, remember that Merfish United’s business model is designed for low and unpredictable volume scenarios, exactly like the one we are in right now. With us, wholesalers can buy a broad array of pipe products from one supplier, at low minimums for FFA.
We keep our stock high, so use us to help manage your inventory and buy what you need, when you need it. Mix-and-match Copper Tube with Steel Pipe, PVC Pipe, Conduit, Strut & Rod to make our low weight minimums on your next weekly order.