One Year Later: No End In Sight For Supply Chain Crisis

November 2022

After one year of surveying companies in the medical supply chain, HIDA has found only slight reductions in the length of shipping delays and the volume of delayed medical containers. These persistent delays remain far above pre-COVID levels.

December 2021 March 2022 June 2022 October 2022
Medical Containers
8,000 - 12,000
9,000 - 14,000
7,000 - 10,000
7,000 - 10,000
Average Delay 37 Days 27 Days 27 Days 25 Days

Stakeholders Predict Persistent Delays For 2023

Over 90% of survey respondents reported the situation has stayed the same or worsened over the last three months.

Survey: Shipping Delays Better or Worse

Shippers Shift Cargo To East Coast Ports

West Coast port delays have accelerated a shift to East Coast ports to service medical containers.

Share Of Medical Containers By Port
Medical Containers By Port, June 2022 vs October 2022

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