Japanese Shipping Companies Reap Big Profits Amid Supply Chain Chaos

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Nippon Yusen and Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Japan’s greatest and third-biggest delivery corporations, reported report quarterly earnings as they benefited from larger freight charges amid the chaos hitting world provide chains.

The logjams and bottlenecks on the earth’s commerce system, which threatens to derail a restoration from the worst well being disaster in a century, has supplied a bonanza to such corporations as freight charges soared to the very best since 2008. “Port and inland congestion did not improve due to a shortage of drivers for inland haulage,” Nippon Yusen stated on Thursday in feedback on the outcomes for the three months via Sept. 30.

Quarterly revenue got here to 260 billion yen, greater than 25 occasions final yr’s quantity, in accordance with calculations by Reuters from the corporate’s first fiscal half earnings introduced on Thursday.

That is the very best quarterly revenue for the corporate, in accordance with Refinitiv Eikon knowledge going again to December 2002.

Supply chain snarls have contributed to gasoline shortages in Europe and Asia because the winter approaches and are threatening Christmas purchasing whilst freight charges have come off their highs.

Transport executives and analysts say the issues are prone to proceed into 2022 and a U.S. company is investigating improper freight expenses.

Kawasaki Kisen’s second-quarter revenue elevated almost 14-fold to 144 billion yen from a yr earlier, primarily based on calculations from its first-half outcomes, additionally launched on Thursday. That was essentially the most since at the least June 2003.

Mitsui OSK’s quarterly revenue was almost seven occasions the year-earlier quantity, an earnings assertion final week confirmed.

Maersk, which handles one in 5 containers shipped worldwide, this week stated quarterly revenue tripled to virtually $7 billion.

Chief Executive Soren Skou described the world’s commerce system as “one gigantic bottleneck” and stated that port delays would stretch into the brand new yr.

Nippon Yusen shares, which have soared 250% this yr, slumped 8% on Thursday, whereas Kawasaki Kisen inventory completed almost 9% decrease and Misui OSK ended the day down 2.6%. The Nikkei 225 rose almost 1%.

(Reporting by Aaron Sheldrick. Editing by Gerry Doyle)

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