September 1, 2021
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“The freight industry is facing a massive shortage of drivers, dock workers and warehouse workers in addition to soaring fuel prices.”

No matter what your role is in the fine art and creative materials industry you have been affected by the shipping and container crisis. “The vast network of ports, container vessels and trucking companies that moves goods around the world is badly tangled, and the cost of shipping is skyrocketing. That's troubling news for retailers and holiday shoppers” according to an article by Hanna Ziady of CNN Business. This is likely not news to you, as you have most likely felt the impact when sending or receiving goods.

According to JT McDonald of Partnership® “The freight industry is facing a massive shortage of drivers, dock workers and warehouse workers in addition to soaring fuel...... Read more


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6 Art Teachers on how they adapted their lesson plans to help students Make it through the pandemic school year......
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For parents and teachers across much of the world, the 2020–21 school year was unlike any other. Artnet News spoke with six art teachers at the elementary and high school levels about the challenges they faced with remote, in-person, and hybrid learning environments, and how they pivoted to offer art education under unprecedented circumstances.

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“Total appropriations to state arts agencies (SAAs) are projected to increase by 49.5% between fiscal years 2021 and 2022, totaling $629.7 million in FY2022.”

 

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“The freight industry is facing a massive shortage of drivers, dock workers and warehouse workers in addition to soaring fuel prices.”


No matter what your role is in the fine art and creative materials industry you have been affected by the shipping and container crisis. “The vast network of ports, container vessels and trucking companies that moves goods around the world is badly tangled, and the cost of shipping is skyrocketing. That's troubling news for retailers and holiday shoppers” according to an article by Hanna Ziady of CNN Business. This is likely not news to you, as you have most likely felt the impact when sending or receiving goods.

According to JT McDonald of Partnership® “The freight industry is facing a massive shortage of drivers, dock workers and warehouse workers in addition to soaring fuel prices.” McDonald continues, “many companies are having problems finding parts for their trucks, warehouse equipment, etc., so when things break, they need to be maintained resulting in less available trucks.” The combination of price increases, worker shortages and maintenance needs have created the perfect storm of problems for businesses.  Thankfully, there is an end in sight, although it is not in the immediate future.

"We currently expect the market situation only to ease in the first quarter of 2022 at the earliest," Hapag-Lloyd chief executive Rolf Habben Jansen said in a recent statement according to the CNN article.

Namta has an agreement with Partnership for shipping services. According to McDonald they have a lot of great carrier partners that have things under control freight wise. You can reach out to JT to see how they can help you by contacting him at [email protected].

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What can Namta and its members do to help the situation?

Namta has created a letter that its members can send to their Senators and Congressmen asking for them to address this extremely urgent and critical issue and prioritize developing and implementing both short-term and long-term solutions to resolve this emergency.

You can find the address for your Senators here, and your Congressmen here.


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LETTER TO SEND:

Dear _________   (Your Senator or Congressman’s Name)

On behalf of (Your Company) and NAMTA – The International Art Materials Association, I am writing to bring to your attention to the significant negative impacts I, as well as our members, are currently experiencing from shipping delays, increased shipping costs, and container shortages. I appreciate your attention to this issue.

As background, NAMTA represents more than 700 businesses – art and creative materials manufacturers, importers and retailers, as well as designers and influencers – all involved in bringing safe, fun art and creative materials to market for the hobbyist, student and professional. Many of our members here in the United States are small businesses.

As you are already acutely aware, the current ocean shipping supply chain has been disrupted by a myriad of factors causing a critical situation of heavy port congestion, worldwide vessel delays and high container imbalance that are jeopardizing U.S. business operations. Our members have been particularly impacted by the shortage and lack of predictability of both empty containers and vessel space, reduced carrier options, and the resultant exorbitant increases in shipping rates. Many members have products stranded overseas because there are no shipping containers available to transport them to the U.S. or they have been unable to book shipments on certain shipping lanes. As a result, their manufacturers are scrambling to find space in their factories and warehouses to accommodate the overcrowding of products that are currently stranded. Some manufacturers have threatened to stop taking new orders until the backlog of products can be cleared from their warehouses.

For companies that have been able to secure shipping containers and space, it has come at a hefty price with long delays. Our members have shared that they are paying a 500% increase on containers, as well as higher trucking and air freight rates, and rail surcharges, and often unfair demurrage charges. In addition, our members are experiencing significant delays for products they can ship. The dramatic increases in added freight costs are especially challenging for our member companies to absorb. The crisis is hitting at an especially critical time for our industry as shipping for the holiday season accelerates during the fall months.

I urge Congress to address this extremely urgent and critical issue and prioritize developing and implementing both short-term and long-term solutions to resolve this emergency.

Respectfully,

Your Name
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