I just read a report from Bloomberg news about how cargo from Asian ports to the US have a big backlog.
A capacity crunch on transpacific routes has disrupted deliveries of Asian and U.S. exports, prompting a probe by U.S. regulators. Container lines have cut trips and imposed higher rates on customers, or shippers, after slumping trade and an excess supply of vessels caused industrywide losses of about $20 billion last year, according to Drewry Shipping Consultants Ltd.
In other words because there is less consumer demand, shipping companies are trying to save money by using fewer ships to transport more freight. So things are piling up waiting to get shipped at Asian docks.
Could this be one of the reasons Nikon products are in short supply in some places? Nikon is also supposedly doing or just finished a 10 day suspension of sales(?). On top of that, the workers at Nikon's Thailand factory are threatening to strike.
It's not just Nikon. Canon recently said officially that they can't keep some of their products in-stock either. So is there a "perfect storm" of product shortages coming? What do you guys think?