December 28, 2023
Recent events in the Red Sea have led, as you might have seen in the news or read in the papers about the attacks in that area, to significant changes in global shipping routes, directly affecting delivery times for products entering the UK, including plantation shutters.
Because of the attacks on cargo ships, sea carriers are now rerouting around South Africa, extending the inbound transportation to the UK by an additional 10-12 days.
This delay impacts not only the current shipment cycle but also the ships' return journeys to China which will face similar delays, before they can be reloaded and begin their next voyage to the UK, affecting overall delivery times for future orders.
We encourage you to inform your end clients about the potential delays for orders placed to our Chinese factory, as transparency in these matters helps in setting realistic expectations for delivery times and maintaining trust with your end clients.
As you already know, we are already offering a robust alternative that bypasses these disruptions: our premium Mimeo composite shutters, manufactured at our own factory in Romania. By persuading your clients to choose our European-made composite shutters, you align with a solution that addresses the immediate challenges while upholding the standards of quality and service.
By manufacturing these high-quality waterproof composite shutters locally, we avoid the complexities of sea transportation, instead opting for weekly direct road transport to the UK. This enables us to offer an impressive lead time of just 4-6 weeks, a significant advantage in the current market environment.
Not only does it ensure continued business operations, but it also guarantees customer satisfaction through timely delivery. This agility in production and delivery is more crucial than ever, ensuring that your projects stay on schedule despite global shipping challenges.
Of course, our Classic Douglas fir shutters and Select Ashwood shutters remain available for order for clients who opt for wooden shutters. While these wooden shutters offer the timeless elegance and quality your clients expect, it’s important to consider and plan for potential delays in delivery and installation due to the current shipping situation.
Whether opting for the speed and reliability of our Romanian-made composite shutters or the classic appeal of our wooden shutters, we are here to support your business needs and ensure the satisfaction of your clients.
We understand the importance of maintaining a smooth supply chain and are dedicated to supporting your business through these turbulent times. Our team is ready to assist with any queries or needs you may have regarding our shutters.
For more information or to discuss how we can support your next project with our efficient and reliable shutter solutions, please feel free to contact us.
We'll keep you updated on the evolving global shipping situation and its impact on delivery times. Our team is closely monitoring developments and will promptly communicate any changes that may affect your orders.