Why Australians should buy Christmas presents NOW with record high air freight, which means new toys just won’t.
- Retail pundits urged Australians to buy Christmas presents now despite delays
- Capping international arrivals amid Covid means air freight is at its lowest
- Shipping containers have been reduced and some orders have been delayed for months
- Experts say the hardest items to find are tech, toys, and furniture
Australians are urged to start buying their Christmas presents now, although the holidays are five months away.
Retail experts have warned there are huge delays in orders for items like toys, technology and children’s appliances due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
A combination of halving the number of arriving international flights and reduced shipping containers means some of the most popular items on Christmas wish lists take several months to arrive.
Up to 80% of Australian imported goods are carried on passenger flights, but with the closure of the international border, fewer planes land on our shores.
Retail experts have warned there are huge delays in orders for items like toys, technology and children’s appliances due to the Covid-19 pandemic
Paul Zahra of the Australian Retailers Association said orders for items like toys, furniture and technology suffered the longest delays.
“When you see the product, especially if it’s tech, buy it right away because those are the items that will mostly be in short supply,” he told A Current Affair.
“Toys, of course, which are imported are another problem. If this is specifically a top-selling item that you think you really need for your child, grab it when you see it.
Australia is the country most dependent on air freight for imported goods, but recently travel caps have reduced the number of international travelers from just over 6,000 to around 3,000 per week.
This means that with fewer planes landing, less air freight arrives.
The number of international arrivals has halved, causing further delays in imported goods like toys and technology
Fidget spinners are one of the most popular toys that have seen huge supply shortages
Shipping containers have seen a reduction since 2005, and there are now only 13 serving Australia, down from 24 more than a decade ago.
Freight and Trade Alliance director Paul Zalai said the shortage of international flights was wreaking havoc on the industry.
“It’s been a huge problem for 18 months and it’s even worse now with the new cap on the number of returning Australians,” he said.
Peter O’Brien, director of toy import company New Dimension Oz, said he has seen huge delays in orders for popular children’s gadgets such as spinners, stress balls and dolls. .
“We find that it takes longer between order date and delivery. I have to plan four months, five months in advance instead of two months, ”said Mr. O’Brien.
The problem could also hit those in locked-in Greater Sydney harder, most relying solely on online shopping, as stores close their stores across the city.
Australians have been urged to stock up on tech items for Christmas now as huge delays see some orders arriving six months later