Global Supply Chain Leaders Warn Of 'System Collapse' Due To Pandemic Restrictions

Headline Roundup October 3rd, 2021

A coalition of international business leaders representing shipping workers worldwide has warned that supply chains are at risk of a “global transport systems collapse” due to labor shortages caused by pandemic-related restrictions on trade. In a joint open letter sent to the heads of state attending the United Nations General Assembly, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) and other industry groups called on world leaders to "remove restrictions hampering the free movement of transport workers, and guarantee and facilitate their free and safe movement." Failure to act would likely "exacerbate shortages of essential goods including electronics, food, fuel and medical supplies ahead of Christmas." They also advised WHO to establish a “globally harmonized, digital” vaccination certificate so that supply chain workers can cross international borders with ease. According to a study from Oracle, about 91% of Americans are now taking the status of the supply chain into consideration when making a purchase — a significant increase from 45% before 2020. The study also found that more than half of Americans "fear the supply-chain crisis will never end."

Coverage was prominent across the spectrum. Some left-rated voices emphasized how "the unequal distribution of vaccines globally" contributed to the supply chain dilemma. Some right-rated voices noted that the rise in demand and diminishing supplies will result in inflation, criticizing corporate America for becoming overreliant on the global supply chain rather than producing products domestically.

From the Center
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Global supply chains are at risk of collapse unless governments worldwide restore freedom of movement to transport workers and give them priority over vaccines, a coalition of international business leaders has warned.

In an open letter to heads of state and government attending the United Nations General Assembly, the International Chamber of Shipping and other transport groups warned that almost two years of travel bans and other restrictions had had an “enormously detrimental impact on [transport workers’] wellbeing and safety.”

The “mistreatment” of workers was piling pressure on the already...

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From the Right
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Several unions representing shipping workers from around the world have banded together to warn of a “global transport systems collapse” due to labor shortages and pandemic-related restrictions on trade — as already unprecedented delays are set to escalate heading into the busy holiday season.

In an open letter, the World Road Transport Organization, the International Air Transport Association, the International Chamber of Shipping and the International Transport Workers’ Federation said their members have been “failed by governments and taken for granted by their officials” during the pandemic.

The failure to address key...

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From the Left
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Seafarers, truck drivers and airline workers have endured quarantines, travel restrictions and complex Covid-19 vaccination and testing requirements to keep stretched supply chains moving during the pandemic.

But many are now reaching their breaking point, posing yet another threat to the badly tangled network of ports, container vessels and trucking companies that moves goods around the world.

In an open letter Wednesday to heads of state attending the United Nations General Assembly, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) and other industry groups warned of a "global transport system collapse" if governments do not restore freedom of movement to transport workers and...

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