A shipping shortage is a global shortage of shipping containers. This can disrupt international trade and cause problems for businesses and customers.

While there isn’t a complete solution for the problem of container shipping shortages, planning ahead, keeping up to date with your trade routes, and having a contingency plan can help. Less-than-container-load shipping, for example, can be useful in these situations, as it allows you to share a container with other shippers, making it easier to secure space.

A massive new tonnage deployment, coupled with a natural capacity increase thanks to increased schedule reliability, means capacity has overtaken demand growth. Capacity management is tighter as a result, and with disruptions from the Panama Canal traffic restrictions due to low water levels, and Suez tensions, changes to the shipping landscape look set to become a temporary norm.