Why Aussies are now having to buy Christmas presents with airfreight at an all-time low due to Covid
Why Aussies Need To Buy Christmas Gifts NOW With Air Freight To An All-Time Low That Means New Toys Just Won’t Make It Down Under
- Retail experts have urged Aussies to buy Christmas gifts now due to delays
- Caps on international arrivals amid Covid means air freight is at an all-time low
- Shipping containers have been reduced and some orders have been delayed for months
- Experts said the hardest items to obtain are technology, toys and furniture
Australians are being urged to buy their Christmas gifts now, despite the holiday being five months away.
Retail experts have warned that there are massive delays in orders for items such as children’s toys, technology and appliances due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
A combination of halving the number of arriving international flights and reducing the number of shipping containers means it will take several months for some of the most popular items on Christmas wish lists to arrive.
Up to 80 percent of Australia’s imported goods are carried on passenger flights, but with the international border closed, fewer planes are landing on our shores.
Retail experts have warned there are massive delays in orders for items such as children’s toys, technology and appliances due to the Covid-19 pandemic (stock image)
Paul Zahra of the Australian Retailers Association said orders for items such as toys, furniture and technology suffered the biggest delays.
“When you see the product, especially if it’s technology, buy it immediately because it’s the items that will mainly be in short supply,” he said. A current matter.
‘Toys that are imported are of course another problem. If it’s specifically a bestseller that you think you really need for your kid, grab it when you see it.”
Australia is the country most dependent on air freight for imported goods, but recently travel restrictions have reduced the number of international travelers from just over 6,000 to around 3,000 per week.
This means that less air freight arrives with fewer aircraft landing.
The number of international arrivals has been halved, leading to further delays in imported goods such as toys and technology
The number of containers has decreased since 2005, now there are only 13 serving Australia, compared to 24 more than a decade ago.
Freight and Trade Alliance director Paul Zalai said the shortages of international flights were wreaking havoc on the sector.
“It has been a huge problem for the past 18 months and it is now even worse with the further cap on the number of returning Australians coming in,” he said.
Peter O’Brien, the director of toy importer New Dimension Oz, said he had experienced huge delays in orders for popular children’s gadgets such as fidget spinners, stress balls and dolls.
‘We notice that it takes longer from the date of order to delivery. I need to plan four months in advance instead of two months,” Mr. O’Brien said.
The problem could also hit harder for those in cooped-up Greater Sydney, with most relying solely on online shopping as stores across the city are closing their stores.
Australians have been urged to stock up on tech items now for Christmas as massive delays mean some orders arrive six months later