Update: Mid-November - sevaral of our retailers were able to obtain their merchandise after months out to sea.
A story not talked about in the news over the past couple month is the bankruptcy of a cargo ship line, Hanjin, leaving ships stranded off shore of countries all over the world, unable to dock due to no way to pay for docking or unloading fees. That includes cargo from the U.S. being exported to other countries.
Old World Christmas is in limbo currently due to containers on one of these ships, just sitting off shore of the State of Washington since August 2015, it is now October. The same with some of our other manufacturers.
This also means U.S. dock worker have less work, U.S. ports are not receiving docking fees. U.S. merchandise headed in the other direction on ships are also subject to this limbo status, affecting so many large and small companies. So it not only affects foreign companies, it affect us here at home. Companies do not get paid. Merchandise can not be sold. Companies, as Old World Christmas, are having to have items re-manufactured, possibly not in time the the Christmas holidays, and at a large cost.
The shipping industry has it share of issues. They lose cargo ships to pirates, delays and losses due to weather events, each of these adding to the stresses of business owners who depend on these ships just as we at home depend on our trucks and trains.
Here is the most recent update, however it sill does not address containers full of merchandise.
Many items that were expected in August and September, now may not arrive until early December. Once we receive these items we will process all requests for notification as soon as possible.
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