Major Shocks To Supply Chains In 2022

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Top disruptions that shook supply chains in 2022, states a new supply chain dive news source.

Geopolitical conflicts

Geopolitical conflicts, strike threats and weather-related disasters tested supply chains in 2022, adding new headaches for businesses still grappling with the fallout from the pandemic.

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine led to tight supply and high prices for certain commodities, forcing some companies to overhaul operations and rethink their sourcing strategies. Meanwhile, COVID-19 lockdowns in China sent businesses scrambling for alternatives as some suppliers idled production.

Transportation delays also continued to plague shippers in 2022. Service constraints at U.S. railroads prompted shippers to call for federal intervention, and backlogs began cropping up at East Coast ports as businesses diverted cargo away from the West Coast.

Major disruptions that defined supply chains in 2022

Here’s a look back at some of the major disruptions that defined supply chains in 2022.

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine throws another wrench into supply chains

By Colin Campbell • Feb. 24, 2022

Carriers are halting operations and suppliers are at risk. War is “a worst-case scenario,” one analyst said. Read the full article 

Shenzhen lockdowns to further shock supply chains

By Colin Campbell • March 14, 2022

Some companies have already suspended operations as coronavirus restrictions hit one of China’s prominent manufacturing and port cities. Read the full article 

With Shanghai at a standstill, supply chain problems are compounding

By Kate Magill • April 12, 2022

Concerns are rising that Shanghai’s lockdown is only the beginning of months-long challenges.  Read the full article 

Shippers press regulators to intervene as rail service challenges mount

By Sarah Zimmerman • April 27, 2022

At an emergency hearing, shippers warned regulators rail service issues could increase shipping delays and bring new supply shocks. Read the full article 

Port of Oakland closes night gates due to trucker protests

By Edwin Lopez • July 19, 2022

Protests over a California labor law have contributed to a rise in import container dwell times, according to project44 data. Read the full article 

Ian prompts port, rail closures as it barrels toward the Carolinas

By Sarah Zimmerman • Sept. 30, 2022

Terminals closed as hurricane-force winds are expected to batter the Southeast coast. Read the full article 

Shippers urge Biden to prevent potential rail shutdown

By Sarah Zimmerman • Oct. 28, 2022

Over 300 trade associations signed a letter asking the president to prevent a strike or lockout. Read the full article 

FedEx suspends Express, Ground services in Florida areas hit by Tropical Storm Nicole

By Max Garland • Nov. 10, 2022

The company listed on Thursday hundreds of affected ZIP codes, covering places like Daytona Beach, Orlando and West Palm Beach. Read the full article 

Amid strike fears, cargo diversion a key fixture in 2022’s supply chain playbook

By Max Garland • Nov. 16, 2022

The shadow of negotiations clouds U.S. railroads and West Coast ports. Shippers have leaned on less-risky alternatives, despite some drawbacks. Read the full article 

 

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Source: Supply Chain Dive

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