Supply-Chain Problems Show Signs of Easing

Asian output is coming back and some bottlenecks are clearing, but labor shortages could persist into next year


By Stella Yifan Xie, Jon Emont and Alistair MacDonald, The Wall Street Journal

Nov. 21, 2021


Global supply-chain woes are beginning to recede, but shipping, manufacturing and retail executives say that they donít expect a return to more-normal operations until next year and that cargo will continue to be delayed if Covid-19 outbreaks disrupt key distribution hubs.


In Asia, Covid-related factory closures, energy shortages and port-capacity limits have eased in recent weeks. In the U.S., major retailers say they have imported most of what they need for the holidays. Ocean freight rates have retreated from record levels...


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