Shipping Prices Up 500%, 1000% For Some Firms

Shipping Prices Up 500%, 1000% For Some Firms

Amid supply chain bottlenecks gripping the United States economy, firms are dealing with shipping costs that have increased by several hundred percentage points.

During an interview with CNBC, Jeremy Andrus — the chief executive of Traeger, a grill company — explained that his firm is seeing diminished profits due to the cost of shipping.

“Bringing a 40-foot container from Asia to the U.S. twelve months ago was about $1,500. Today, you’re spending upwards of $30,000 and we’re certainly averaging close to $10,000,” Andrus said, implying that typical shifting costs have increased by over 550%. “Our inventory is big and heavy. It takes up a lot of container space, and so we are particularly sensitive to transportation costs.”

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“We’re sensitive to a near-term shift. The world will right-size itself,

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