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of con­tain­ers in the EU with many of them blocked in­side China, where they had con­verged in Jan­uary with sup­plies for the Chi­nese New Year.

Sup­ply chain is not only shaped by de­mand, but by events and con­se­quen­tial de­ci­sions, as well. Dur­ing the height of the pan­demic, na­tional leader af­ter an­other stood up to de­clare they wanted ‘sup­ply au­ton­omy’ and an­nounced plans to de­crease re­liance on chains with links that ex­tend far be­yond their ter­ri­to­rial bor­ders.

While ev­ery player in the B2C sphere would wel­come a shorter, less cost-in­ten­sive sup­ply chain, fears about the end of global trade are likely to be mis­placed. Build­ing self-suf­fi­ciency in sup­plies is an un­vi­able strat­egy for any re­gion be­cause the cost of man­u­fac­tur­ing it­self would drive up prices and, ul­ti­mately, suck the com­pet­i­tive­ness out of in­ter­nal man­u­fac­tur­ing. Even with the tech­no­log­i­cal pos­si­bil­i­ties loom­ing on the hori­zon, the process of glob­al­i­sa­tion is

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