Major supply chain problems have continued well into 2022, and in some cases have worsened, according to a survey by the American Chemistry Council. In particular, transportation-related issues continued through the first half of the year, having a prolonged impact on manufacturing operations in the U.S.
Supply chain and freight transportation disruptions have been harming survey respondents’ activities for three consecutive quarters. As well as lost manufacturing and customer orders, they reported that higher shipping costs were being compounded by expensive workarounds. These include increased inventories, investing in additional rail cars, and having to commit extra resources to managing shipments.