Fewer Containers, Same Delays

June 2022

For the 2nd quarter of 2022, medical distributors reported no change in lengthy delays for healthcare products reaching customers, although fewer containers of medical products are now delayed inside the supply chain.

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December 2021 March 2022 June 2022 3-Month Change
Medical Containers
8,000 - 12,000
9,000 - 14,000
7,000 - 10,000
Average Delay 37 Days 27 Days 27 Days NO CHANGE

Ports & Distributors Brace For Late Summer Shipping Surge

As Shanghai enters a phased reopening, medical distributors expect to see a shipping surge of medical supplies competing for delivery alongside increased shipments of school supplies, Halloween costumes and holiday toys. As retailers extend their shipping lead times to adjust for this surge, medical distributors are concerned about increased delays coinciding with a surge of cold, flu, and COVID-19 cases in the fall and winter months.

Shipping of medical supplies Shipping of school supplies, Halloween costumes and holiday toys

Find more resources about the healthcare supply chain on HIDA’s Understanding Healthcare Distribution page.