Disruptions in the supply chain due to high demand and COVID-19

Worldwide demand for raw materials and products is booming, but this is causing a container shortage in many ports. This, in combination with regular outbreaks of COVID-19 in ports of departure and the accompanying personnel shortage or lockdowns, hinders supply, resulting in long delays and increasing prices.

Import from China/Asia to Europe/US in particular are seeing an enormous increase, leading to a concentration of shipping companies (thus ships and containers) in Asia (and fewer in Latin America or Africa, where Oxfam Fair Trade imports many of its raw materials and products).

We at Oxfam Fair Trade do all we can to limit these delays as much as possible by staying in close contact with our trading partners and shipping companies.

But we do want to inform you about the implications it has – and will have – for the supply of certain products from Latin America as well as Africa. So we are expecting (longer) supply shortages of various products.

We want to thank you for your understanding and assure you that we are working 100% to prevent as many supply shortages as we can!

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