‘I’m starting to buckle!’ Global industrial groups have warned governments throughout the world that the system is on the verge of collapsing.
GLOBAL INDUSTRY GROUPS have issued a “transport system collapse” warning to governments.
In an open letter to the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday, the International Chamber of Marine, which represents 65 million workers and 80 percent of the world’s merchant shipping fleet, issued the warning. The statement, signed by the International Air Transport Association, the International Road Transport Union, and the International Transport Workers’ Federation, claimed that if world governments failed to restore pre-pandemic levels of travel movement or give priority vaccine notices to transport workers, the “global transport system collapse” could occur.
“Global supply networks are beginning to sag as two years of stress on transportation personnel takes its toll,” the letter stated.
“All transportation sectors are experiencing a labor shortage, and more are expected to quit as a result of the bad care millions of people received during the pandemic, putting the supply chain at risk.”
Traditional supply chains have been strained by the introduction of travel restrictions, distance measures, and manufacturing closures throughout the pandemic.
According to the Financial Times, this has resulted in port congestion, delivery delays, and rising freight charges.
According to CNN, industry experts are concerned that worker shortages may grow in the coming months.
Fears of port closures and travel restrictions, according to Guy Platten, secretary general of the International Chamber of Shipping, could make seafarers hesitant to sign new contracts.
During the peak of COVID-19 in 2020, an estimated 400,000 sailors were unable to quit their voyages, according to the letter.
The International Air Transport Association’s director-general, Willie Walsh, expressed his optimism that common reason would prevail.
“However, despite all of the fantastic work going on behind the scenes, the data accessible, and expertise, political science, not genuine science, is affecting decisions,” he stated.
The announcement comes as the UK grapples with a lorry driver shortage and a gasoline deficit.
To address the issue, Boris Johnson, 57, has sought to mobilize military transporters and offered 5,000 permits to international drivers.
However, the scarcity is thought to be part of a larger problem.
According to the American Trucking Association, about 61,000 drivers are needed in the United States.
There are also an estimated 400,000 driver shortages across mainland Europe, with 40,000 in Germany alone.