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Small US businesses face major setbacks amid rising prices and lack of deliveries

To find out how to make and deliver his bikes, Wayne Sosin of Worksman Cycles claims to have tried everything since the beginning of the pandemic.

He searched in vain for a container to ship cargo to Saudi Arabia for six weeks. Not to mention the tire supplier, who will have to wait a year. Or the price of moving a container from Asia to the United States, which went from about $ 6,000 to $ 25,000 or $ 30,000.

“It really isn’t easy,” the 60-year-old tells AFP of the New York-based company that has made a name for itself with its ruggedized tricycles.

Between factory closures due to spikes in infections, an explosion in demand for certain products such as bicycles and computers, a lack of personnel in warehouses or trucking, Covid-19 has disrupted the world economy.

And many companies are struggling to find supplies.

A multinational such as Nike has warned that some of its sports footwear and apparel products may be temporarily unavailable.

To make sure the shelves are well stocked as the holidays approach, the supermarket giant Walmart chartered its own boats.

For those responsible for small businesses, the logistical challenges are minor but still a headache.

– 136% higher turnover –

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