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The global pandemic has affected virtually every aspect of shipping since the outbreak of COVID in 2019.

The Global Shipping Industry continues to battle against some of the most challenging market conditions ever faced, with few signs of normality returning any time soon.

Unprecedented congestion, delays, space availability, equipment shortages, port disruptions and vessel port omissions continue to impact Global Supply Chains.

Cargo rollovers and not to mention soaring freight rates also continue to cause chaos beyond anticipation.


The situation with space and increasing freight prices appear to have become progressively worse.  There has been a recent COVID outbreak at Yantian Port China which has had a flow-on effect to other Ports in China.

We fear the situation leading up to the end of the year (with the Silly Season approaching) will be extremely volatile more so this year than in 2020.

If possible it is best to try and avoid shipping urgent orders during the months of Sept/Oct/Nov/Dec period to avoid disappointment.

As each month goes by the situation and roll on effect due to high demand causing equipment and space availability issues increases throughout the peak season period.

We don’t want to be the Minister of Doom and Gloom, however, we need to let you know what is going on out there in the land of global shipping.

It ain’t pretty…


Several months of restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic have resulted in market volatility and operational challenges, including but not limited to extreme shortages of vessel space, carrier equipment, chassis and trucking power, contributing to severe congestion across global supply chains and specifically affecting North America marine terminals, rail, trucking & chassis depots.

Please note –  current average lead time for export booking/vessel placement is approximately 6 weeks.


Airfreight rates are at an all-time high. Due to infrequent flights and due to many airlines not servicing Australia anymore due to the decline of passengers.

Some airlines have converted their aircraft to be full-time freighter services, however, sending cargo does not make up for the billions of dollars lost due to the loss of international passengers.

Therefore airfreight prices remain extremely expensive to assist with the airlines running costs which virtually just keeps them to stay afloat and weather the storm until they can resume their normal operations throughout the world.

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