Here are some holiday shopping tips

QUESTION: I keep hearing there are shipping delays. Do I need to start my holiday

QUESTION: I keep hearing there are shipping delays. Do I need to start my holiday shopping now?

ANSWER: Starting your holiday shopping early is definitely a good idea. The shipping delays you are hearing about are caused by several issues. The largest ports on the West Coast are backed up with delays in unloading cargo. There are often at least 50 ships waiting in the waters for their turn to dock. Ships now often must wait a week or more to be offloaded.

There has been a surge in purchasing from American consumers and the dock infrastructure cannot keep up with this demand. There are shortages of shipping containers and shortages of workers to offload and drive the merchandise. The shipping costs have soared, and relief is not expected until sometime in 2022.

https://www.vcstar.com/story/news/2021/11/03/senior-advocate-here-some-holiday-shopping-tips/6251500001/