Series: Cost of Shipping

The cost of shipping from China (and elsewhere in Asia) to the United States rose drastically in mid to late 2021 due to the Covid19 pandemic pushing already stressed supply chains into global traffic jams due to shortages of various things; cargo space on ships, containers, truck drivers, etc.

Cost of shipping: Image shows a picture of a Merete Maersk ship loaded with intermodal shipping containers

Why the rising cost of shipping isn’t a surprise

This entry is part 1 of 5 in the series Cost of Shipping

This blog post is a quick-to-read summary of the Odd Lots podcast episode: Why the Cost of Shipping Goods From China Is Suddenly Soaring. Bear in mind that by “suddenly” they mean about a year ago, in late 2020, as this podcast episode was published on 18 Jan 2021. Odd Lots, in my mind, is …

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Cost of shipping: image shows a fully laden ship of China Shipping Line

Why the rising cost of shipping isn’t a surprise, part 2

This entry is part 2 of 5 in the series Cost of Shipping

If you found this post via search, it probably makes sense to start with the first post in this series on the cost of shipping. The link to the full series is both above, and here. What’s causing our current shipping disruptions and how much of a problem is it? Starting in the early 2000s, …

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Cost of shipping: Chart shows map of the worlds global shipping lanes

Why the rising cost of shipping isn’t a surprise, part 3

This entry is part 3 of 5 in the series Cost of Shipping

If you found this post via search, it probably makes sense to start with the first post in this series on the cost of shipping. The link to the full series is both above, and here. If actual shipping costs are not public information, how can I lookup shipping costs online? When you look up …

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Cost of shipping: Image of an Evergreen ship docked at the port of Los Angeles

Why the rising cost of shipping isn’t a surprise, part 4

This entry is part 4 of 5 in the series Cost of Shipping

If you found this post via search, it probably makes sense to start with the first post in this series on the cost of shipping. The link to the full series is above, and here. What’s the downside of the overcapacity of megaships? Why is that bad for the overall global economy? I wouldn’t say …

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cost of shipping: Image shows TEUs being unloaded from a ship and loaded onto chassis for truck transport

Why the rising cost of shipping isn’t a surprise, part 5

This entry is part 5 of 5 in the series Cost of Shipping

If you found this post via search, it probably makes sense to start with the first post in this series on the cost of shipping. The link to the full series is above, and here. Is the bigness of modern ships because of anticipation of a never ending shipping boom as we saw prior to …

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