Global trade has been facing for several months a shortage of containers, these “boxes” essential to the transport of goods.
If the problem is not well understood by the population, it risks having real repercussions on people’s daily lives.
“Because of COVID, there has been a big drop in production. There the economy is picking up, people need containers, and so do ships. There is a high demand and not a lot of supplies, “Conteneurs S.E.A president Richard Audet told LCN” À vos affaires “.
While a new container was worth less than US $ 1,000 before the pandemic, its price has now risen to over US $ 3,000.
According to Mr. Audet, this increase will have an impact on the daily life of the population.
“It’s going to affect everything, because almost everything we have contains at least components that were brought in by sea container,” said Mr. Audet.
According to him, the container shortage could last until the end of the first half of 2021 or even longer.
“I think people don’t realize how important the container is to all products. It doesn’t appear, but it is surely one of the great inventions of the 20th century. At one time, transport represented 50% of the price of the product; it fell below 5% thanks to containers. ”
Moreover, he warns against fraudsters who try to take advantage of the situation. “If the price is too good, there’s something there,” he argued.