Containers have been increasingly elusive since the beginning of 2020, not due to a lack of quantity, but because of supply chain disruptions displacing shipments. Efforts to combat high demurrage costs at congested ports have led to supply chain managers redistributing receiving areas in attempts to get shipments as close to their destinations as possible for faster delivery. Some U.S. exporters say shipping lines are refusing to send boxes inland to pick up their cargo because they are trying to get empty containers back to Asia quickly to take advantage of historically high shipping prices for exports from the continent. An article published by the Wall Street Journal outlines the details behind the question, “Where are all the shipping containers?”

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