Report: Shipping problems threaten merchandise deliveries

New York Shipping bottlenecks in and outside of the United States are causing delays in deliveries of a wide range of goods, USA Today reported. The squeeze has impacted retailers, distributors and manufacturers, and boosted transportation costs as much as 150%, according to the report.

The report said the tie-ups started early this year, with the delays most severe for ocean shipments of apparel, electronics and other goods made in Asia. It cited Lowe’s, which has experienced delays of one to three weeks in deliveries of such seasonal products as air-conditioners, and Urban Outfitters, where many clothing items arrived a week late in the spring.

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