We don’t like being the bearer of bad news, but unfortunately this is getting out of control!
Recent events at Port Botany such as union shut down of work & go-slows have contributed to continued delays at Port Botany. Other outside factors such as adverse weather, congestion of shipping lines across Asia, US & Europe, and shipping lines omitting Sydney all together have had a cumulative effect on the arrival of containers and goods into & out of Sydney. Have you noticed your local big chain stores like Big W, K-Mart and Target are quite low on stock?
What does this mean for The Wetseat and your order?
Unfortunately, as the raw materials are sourced from overseas (no-one in Australia makes neoprene), our container full of neoprene was meant to arrive around early to mid-September. With continued delays, this has been pushed back multiple times and it now isn’t due to arrive until mid-October.
We have tried to keep everyone up to date by sending out multiple emails over the past month to all our customers and re-sellers. If you haven’t seen any communication from us, please check your junk mail in case it has filtered through there. If you would like to know more info, please give us a call on (02) 9724 9499.
News Article explaining what is currently happening at Port Botany
Port Botany congestion due to a combination of operational events and prolonged waterside worker industrial action has created the ‘perfect storm’ of disruption to New South Wales supply chains, risking product shortages and other implications to the Australian economy.
Vessel schedule delays at Port Botany of up to 12 days are due to a combination of adverse weather conditions, infrastructure upgrades, industrial action with enterprise agreement discussions continuing at all three Port Botany stevedores;
Summary of recent events that have caused continued delays to the supply of our Neoprene:
Late August: Adverse weather in Sydney
Early September: Typhoons in in Asia
Mid September: Protected industrial action by the MUA impacting the movement of cargo through the port
Mid September: Wharfies 2-week work bans and go-slows, shipping lines make the decision to bypass Sydney
Late September: On-going port congestion, extensive delays and vessels omitting Sydney causing ships to dock in Melbourne & Brisbane, causing a further 2 week delay to arrive in Sydney. Current backlog of containers waiting to unload/load in Sydney in excess of 35,000, wharves are 12-14 days behind schedule.
Sources to follow:
Shipping Australia: https://shippingaustralia.com.au/category/media-releases/
AFR Review: https://www.afr.com/search?text=shipping