The Global Shipping Crisis Resource Center


Descartes' Global Trade Intelligence Solutions Equip Customers With Up-to-Date Insights Needed to Respond to the Challenges of the Global Shipping Crisis

Record High U.S. Container Imports

Updated monthly, this Resource Center provides the latest trade data and insights from Descartes Datamyne™

The Best Explanation for the Supply Chain Crisis Yet 

Descartes' CEO Ed Ryan shares insights into the global shipping crisis with Forbes


How Top-Performing Companies are Addressing the Global Shipping Crisis

Descartes recently conducted a benchmark survey and uncovered the resiliency strategies of top performing companies and how they are handling supply chain disruptions.

Get your copy of the survey results and find out key steps you can take to reduce risk and create a more resilient supply chain.

Thought Leadership Resources


View the resources below to learn how Descartes Thought Leaders are providing operational strategies to help mitigate the impact of supply chain disruptions.

SEPTEMBER 2022

The monthly record-setting streak that U.S. container import volumes have been posting since mid-2020 came to an end this August.

AUGUST 2022

Import volumes in July 2022 remained high as increased throughput from China put pressure on supply chain predictability

JULY 2022

U.S. container import volume stayed in record territory in June 2022. Managing supply chain risk remained a challenge, especially amid signs of increased port congestion & delays

JUNE 2022

Container shipments into the U.S. hit a new all-time high in May 2022, making the task of managing supply chain risk much more complicated to navigate.

MAY 2022

COVID-related shutdowns in China continue to spread, but do not appear to be having an impact on overall U.S. container import volumes.

APRIL 2022

March 2022 experienced another year-over-year record in container import volume versus 2021, as the shift of volume away from the major West Coast ports reversed itself.

MARCH 2022

The global shipping crisis carried over into another month, as February 2022 started with record year-over-year container import volumes versus 2021.

FEBRUARY 2022

There was no break in the Global Shipping Crisis as January 2022 started with record year-over-year container import volumes versus 2021.

JANUARY 2022

The new year sees continued port delays as U.S. import volumes remain at record highs.

DECEMBER 2021

November import volumes remain at records highs and port delays continue. Are new and even greater disruptions on the horizon?

NOVEMBER 2021

Through October, U.S. import volumes remain at record highs - forcing importers to take steps to mitigate the impact of international shipping delays

OCTOBER 2021

As we enter the peak shipping season, the Global Shipping Crisis is preventing retailers from having adequate inventory and forcing shoppers to face empty shelves.

SEPTEMBER 2021

A shift in how American's are spending their disposable income is having a major impact on import volumes and prolonging the Global Shipping Crisis

AUGUST 2021

Descartes' Chris Jones shares insights into the origins of the Global Shipping Crisis and offers strategies on how to handle supply chain disruptions

In the Media


Descartes experts are often sought out by the news media for insights into logistics, supply chain, and compliance issues making headlines. The following are articles in which our experts have provided their perspective to the ongoing media discussions about the Global Shipping Crisis.

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Why the Global Shipping Crisis Isn’t Going Away Anytime Soon
3/24/22 – Supply chain issues continue to plague the industry, while persistent inflation and conflict abroad could create additional market chaos. Here's what it means for distributors.
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Global Shipping Woes: The Saga Continues
1/24/22 – As 2022 unfolds, the pandemic-driven supply chain crunch is showing little sign of relenting.
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Global Shipping Crisis: No Quick Fix
2/22/22 – With spring only a short time away, the shipping and logistics crisis continues to wreak havoc throughout the global supply chain.

Descartes Can Help Solve Operational Challenges Impacting Your Supply Chain


Videos and Additional Resources


Get the Essential Guide to Supply Chain Resiliency
As carriers and ports work through the global shipping crisis and the subsequent backlog, now is the time for you to invest in your supply chain resiliency.

Our essential guide has been developed to help you mitigate risks and protect your business from costly disruptions.

U.S. Supply Chain Vulnerability Analysis
U.S. Supply Chain Vulnerability Analysis
This white paper analyzes the current situation to offer a perspective into what the Biden Administration’s review could reveal, as well as provides insights to all companies – not just U.S. businesses – on how to mitigate supply chain risk.

Media Alerts


AJOT: Descartes releases December report on global shipping crisis
Supply Chain Quarterly: Descartes Releases December Report on Global Shipping Crisis
FreightComms: Descartes releases November report on Global Shipping Crisis

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