Climate change already pummeling supply chains

Flooding that began in March is still disrupting transportation across wide swaths of the US Midwest. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com.

Flooding that began in March is still disrupting transportation across wide swaths of the US Midwest. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com.

At the JOC’s TPM 2019 Conference in March, Nixon said that from April to August 2018 stronger and more frequent typhoons forced the closure of the port of Shanghai, the world’s busiest container gateway, for a total of 27 days. “Almost one month out of five months last year, the port was closed,” Nixon said, explaining how the closures threw off schedule reliability and extremely high terminal utilization and a lack of excess terminal capacity made it difficult to speed up cargo operations to make up for lost time.