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How NTEX Can Help With Supply Chain Management

Posted by Liam Harrison on 08-Dec-2021 10:00:00

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Supply chain management is a highly complex sector, where all cogs in the wheel must be fully functional and interconnected for things to proceed smoothly. The more complex the system, the more elements can potentially go wrong. As most supply chain and logistics professionals know, it’s crucial to anticipate problems and to have reliable support to cope with them. This article offers an overview of current issues in supply chain management, and explains why it’s worth working with a freight forwarding partner.

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Which Are The Main Issues Currently Affecting Supply Chain Management?

The past two years have highlighted the vulnerabilities of the global supply chain. In the UK, the situation has been exacerbated by Brexit and the trade deal negotiations. In early 2021, UK exports to EU countries dropped by nearly 70% when compared the previous year (although they subsequently recovered).

The main issues that currently affect European supply chains include:

  • Bottlenecks in customs processing at UK ports. It’s estimated that the UK needs five times the number of customs agents it currently has. Limited staff numbers mean processing delays at the port of entry, which can have a domino effect on other parts of the supply chain.
  • A shortage of lorry drivers across Europe, with the UK being no different. If anything, the UK has a bigger problem in this respect, as many EU lorry drivers have left the country and temporary visa processing for new hires has been slow.
  • Shortages in materials, most notably semiconductors, computer chips, and steel.
  • Delays in goods entering the EU by container ship from China and the USA, due to a global shortage of shipping containers.

These factors are causing longer than usual delivery times for some categories of goods, something that can jeopardise the bottom line of suppliers and customers alike.

However, it’s important to put things in perspective. First of all, the problem with supply chains in Europe mainly affects land borders – hence the mention of lorry driver shortages – and international shipments into the bloc. For the time being, other freight methods aren’t as vulnerable to backlogs and bottlenecks. Secondly, not all countries handle their end of the supply chain equally. For example, automated checkpoints have been deployed at Gothenburg port, which has resulted in a 30% reduction of idling times for arriving container ships and goods ferries. And lastly, material shortages affect mainly suppliers who work with manufacturers located in Asia – not supply chains restricted to the EU countries and the UK.

The Benefits Of Working With NTEX

So, what can you do if you ship to the Nordics and want to sidestep these issues as much as possible? Work with a specialist carrier in transport and logistics to Scandinavia.

  • At NTEX we are experts in UK-Scandinavia logistics and have an internal structure that can help our clients minimise costs and maximise efficiency.
  • We know that time is money and that delivery delays are costly. With us, you can get your cargo from the UK to Scandinavia in just 36 hours.
  • We ship your cargo by sea freight, so you don’t need to worry about long queues at land borders.
  • We offer integral logistics solutions instead of a taking a fragmented approach to chain management. We don’t just take care of transport, our team can also handle goods, custom management, and warehousing.

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Don’t let current supply chain issues affect your business with Scandinavian partners. At NTEX we’re here to make shipping and logistics more efficient. Contact us to discuss the options.

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