COVID-19 lead to long Term Increases in Shipping?

Read several articles about how COVID-19 has shed light on the weaknesses of “Just in time shipping” with shortages in facemasks, ventilators, toilet paper, etc. “Just in time shipping” is generally not favorable for the Maritime Industry that moves slowly but can carry a lot of product. Are we going to see more products leaving trucks in favor ships? Is there some positives coming out of this whole pandemic? What is your thoughts?

more local production, less global shipping

Are you asking about inland shipping? That is where ships (or more likely barges in US) compete against trucks. It isn’t really much of a competition in the US other than for bulk commodities.

Just in time shipping for maritime purposes usually refers to a logistics chain that includes international transit.

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