"....During the crisis, lack of truckers, time-consuming inspections, and quarantine in port customs hampered fresh food delivery globally. For example, India, the world's biggest rice exporter, suspended its exports due to labor shortages and logistics disruptions. As a result, the number of food-insecure people rose significantly during the pandemic. Changing trade patterns and imbalances have left many containers in places where they are not needed, and others are held up in ports or on ships for weeks due to congestion. The resulting unprecedented shortage of available containers has led to historically high container freight rates..."
UNCTAD brings home reality for countries struggling to understand issues in the maritime sector in the midst of COVID 19. Pooling together knowledge and data for more sustainable maritime transport | UNCTAD.