Worldwide, many shipping companies are moving their ships at slow speeds to conserve fuel. They argue that this is one way in which they can contain costs. However, when this factor is added to the reduction in shipping capacity, or diversion to new business, it can mean that exporters and importers are finding it very difficult to meet demand in the right place at the right time. The flow-on effect of this will be to increase inventories both at the supply, and the consumption, ends of the business.
We are seeing 3-7 days added to sailing times across the board from South America to Asia. Slow speed, more frequent stops at ports to pick up cargo and more transshipments.
You should plan your inventory accordingly as the “just in time” method will be frustrated by this.