The chaos in the supply chain is expected to worsen as the impact on companies and consumers begins to intensify around the world.

May 14, 2022, 6 p.m.

PHOTO FILE: Employees work on a production line inside an automobile plant in Wuhan, the capital of Hubei Province and the Chinese epicenter of a new coronavirus disease outbreak (COVID-19). (REUTERS)

Companies and consumers around the world are beginning to feel the economic impact of Covid-19 blockades in China, and reviews are expected to only intensify.

Deliveries of Adidas sneakers and Bang & Olufsen speakers were hit. Automakers from Toyota office Tesla face “unprecedented” costs and barriers to production. Sony is struggling to make enough PlayStation.

Although “supply chain disruption” is once again becoming the most common phrase of the corporate revenue season, the impact goes beyond the profits of multinational corporations. Hospitals from the US to Australia are struggling with a shortage of chemicals used in X-rays, while real-estate projects are delayed by delayed materials.

Jake Phipps, whose American firm supplies luxury plumbing fixtures for bathrooms and kitchen countertops for skyscraper projects, is witnessing months of delays with the supply of faucets from Shanghai. “All construction projects here are supported in anticipation of raw materials,” he said.

Beijing’s approach to zero tolerance for Covid has idle factories and warehouses, slowed truck deliveries and exacerbated container congestion. With the country accounting for about 12% of world trade, it was only a matter of time before the turmoil began to spread across the economy, threatening to further fuel rising inflation.

The crisis of global supply chains, where it all began, is flare up again

While the impact doesn’t look serious yet, it’s probably just the beginning. The full significance of Covid’s restrictions in China is not yet being considered, as blockades continue in Shanghai and other cities that stop to contain smaller outbreaks, contributing to congestion of supply chains already faltering from the war in Ukraine.

“Once Shanghai reopens and everything returns to rotation and you see all the ships heading to the United States, it could create additional problems with additional congestion,” said Jonathan Gold, vice president of supply chain and customs policy at National Retail. Federation in Washington.

Here’s how the situation in China amplifies global chaos in supply chains:

Many automakers from Volkswagen AG to Toyota Motor Corp. began resuming production at factories in Shanghai and the industrial province of Jilin, although logistics problems persist.

Tesla Inc. in Shanghai suffered from failures, last month it was closed for three weeks. It resumed work in late April as part of a so-called closed-loop system in which workers live on site and are regularly inspected. But as Shanghai remains largely closed, there are still problems with the delivery of materials and supplies.

The plant, which typically shipped about 60,000 cars a month, delivered only 1,512 cars from Shanghai last month.

Meanwhile, Toyota is struggling with “unprecedented” growth in logistics and raw material costs, with the result that it forecasts a 20% drop in operating profit this fiscal year.

Automakers on the other side of the world are also trying hard to keep up with production, as parts made in China are not coming. In Brazil, the shortage of semiconductors has led to the fact that this year the plants have reduced production by at least 100,000 cars, according to the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers.

In March, IHS Markit downgraded its forecast for global car production in 2022 to take into account the effects of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and then further lowered it last month in response to the effects of blockades in China as well as other growing risks.

Date of first publication: May 14, 2022, 6:00 PM IST

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