Tag Archives: international trade

Sourcing from Vietnam could shift as costs and restrictions rise

In recent years Vietnam has had its day in the sun, as production of certain items has shifted from China. It’s been cheaper to manufacture in Vietnam, and it’s been a boon to Vietnam’s economy.

But Covid brought a lot of problems to Vietnam, especially at ports. Now firms have to consider whether it’s time to move on, and go to another country.

Instability of supply chains is the new norm. While it’s costly and traumatic to change, sometimes the proper strategy requires it. You can see businesses are thinking hard about it. It’s supply chain strategy playhing out in the real world.

By Sam Whelan 23/09/2021

Sourcing from Vietnam could shift as costs and restrictions rise, warn businesses – The Loadstar

International transport costs: Why and how to measure them?

A nice article from Jan Hoffman of the IAME. Clearly it’s important to measure the costs, and how to do it is a big problem, given the fractionated international transport market. COVID-19 changes make it even more problematic, and then throw in Brexit.

JENNIFER BROWN DOMINIK ENGLERT JAN HOFFMANN|JANUARY 20, 2021

International transport costs: Why and how to measure them?

UK government looks to blame predicted Brexit chaos on logistics sector

Brexit is coming, and it’s clear that the government, which has been pushing Brexit along, has chosen not to invest or prioritize systems for logistics. The logistics community will be forced into dealing with a tangle of poorly understood rules and policies, documentation requirements and restrictions, that no one has bothered to foresee as a complete package. Logistics firms particularly trucking firms (though all sectors have their issues) hve complained loudly. Now it’s for a long time.

There has been ample warning for the government of the problems, despite a bit of uncertainty about whether and exactly how Brexit would happen. But The government all along has known that there would need to be massive change. They just have not bothered to assess and remedy the defects by making double sure that processes were in place and well understood, nor did they factor logistics, the ‘point person’ affected by Brexit, into the negotiations or the processes.

This article shows the laughable government response in Britain to logistics firms’ complaints. In a classic Trumpian moment, they blame the folks who are complaining.

It’s as though we were to blame the Chinese Communist party for coronavirus…

Oh, I think someone did that just recently.

By Alex Lennane 23/09/2020

Fury as UK government looks to blame predicted Brexit chaos on logistics sector – The Loadstar