A tumultuous period for the global shipping industry since the onset of the global COVID pandemic continues to create headaches not only in terms of higher costs, but also for those trying to work out how to ship products for processing and across the world to customers.

Before the pandemic it was difficult to pass on fuel costs to customers and end consumers, but now shipping companies have much greater bargaining power because of the dislocation of shipping containers around the world, and the spike in demand for everything from microchips to soymeal.