International freight forwarder, Chadd Blunt has called on businesses to seek advice when looking to move their goods during the current Coronavirus pandemic.

Having been directly involved in freight forwarding for 30 years, Chadd and his team at Millennium Cargo are well-equipped to provide honest advice on how to tackle the current backlog caused by the Coronavirus outbreak across the world that has resulted in importers struggling to source space.

As global supply chains remain severely disrupted as a result of Covid-19’s world tour, worldwide shipping has drastically veered off course with businesses potentially facing a capacity crunch that could stretch to the end of April.

Disruptions such as employee self-isolation, quarantine of ships, port closures and strict travel restrictions have resulted in a knock-on effect, causing serious shortages in freight capacity across the globe.

The backlog from China has also has given rise to severely hiked freight costs in line with the growing demand for space.

Having recently witnessed air freight costs in particular rise as high as 200 percent in the space of a week, Chadd has warned businesses that shipping their goods will not be cheap but seeking the advice of an independent freight forwarder gives them the best possible chance to get them moving.

Chadd Blunt, Managing Director of Millennium Cargo commented: “In my 30 years of experience in the industry I have never known freight capacity to be in such high demand.

“Now Trump has enforced a travel ban for domestic flights between the US and Europe including the UK – global supply chains have been dealt yet another blow as 60 percent of airfreight that currently moves between the two continents travels on passenger flights.

“The other stumbling block that businesses will have to bear in mind is cost. Only last week a quote for one shipment came in that was 200 percent higher than what the going rate usually is – and my concern is that rates will only continue to rise over the next coming weeks.

“There is a lot of uncertainty surrounding freight at the minute but If companies are in limbo and still looking to move goods it is crucial that they seek the advice of an expert who has extensive knowledge and experience in the sector as everyone is currently fighting for space. 

“In order to navigate past the severe backlog, myself and the team at Millennium Cargo can help to provide an efficient and cost effective way of keeping goods moving by utilising a mix of options drawing on our diverse expertise in road, sea and air

“As an independent freight forwarder we can utilise a mix of options whilst also being able to exploit our extensive networking of contacts within the industry. Our flexible offering also allows us to think outside the box which in such circumstances is crucial to keeping the supply chain moving.

“We at Millennium Cargo have a passion for our industry we want to help businesses get through this tough period, so we urge importers and exporters to seek our advice in order to get their goods moving in the best way possible – quickly and cost-effectively.”