Ikea buys its own containers and charters its own vessels

Bottlenecks and delays in the freight market have led another shipper to take decisive action. Now, Ikea has bought its own containers and chartered vessels of its own to ensure stocked shelves.

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Swedish furniture giant Ikea wants to make sure its shelves are stocked, prompting the company to buy its own containers and chartering vessels of its own.

At present, the furnishing group reports shortages of "far too many products", according to Swedish media Svenska Dagbladet. And like other shippers around the world, the capacity shortage aboard container vessels is the reason for the decision.

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