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Business Alert! Shipping & Manufacturing Updates

Dear Valued Customer,
We promised to keep you, our business partner, updated regarding issues relating to shipping and manufacturing that might impact on-time delivery of Countrywide Tire and Rubber products.

As you know, global shipping has been in a state of chaos for many months now. The recent blockage of the Suez Canal for nearly a week by the ship Ever Given added more turmoil to a system that’s already stretched to its limits due to the havoc wreaked by coronavirus lockdowns and trade flow disruptions. We don’t ship directly through this canal, but we still felt the impact as hundreds of ships were unable to get through to the United States, and hundreds more were unable to return to Asia. Additional strain was put both on the shortage of containers needed for our imports, and the shortage of ships to transport them.

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Unfortunately, this shipping crisis is now creating a manufacturing slowdown. Overseas factories are not set up to store the tires they produce. Many factories are now stopping production for several weeks at a time until the tires they’ve already produced can be loaded on containers and put on ships, both in extremely short supply.

We find ourselves facing an unprecedented perfect storm of constraints in global supply chains that includes widespread bottlenecks, container shortages, port congestion, rising shipping costs and a deluge of logistics challenges. In an ironic twist, the improving coronavirus outlook added another layer of stress to the situation by triggering an extremely rapid rebound in demand for goods that caught many manufacturers off-guard.

We are pulling out all the stops to find solutions and protect your business. We’re contacting any and all ocean carriers, outside of our negotiated carriers, to get space at any cost to get our products into our warehouses. We are doing everything we can to source fill-in product for items that are being delayed until our factory containers arrive. And we are fine-tuning our processes to keep you 100% up-to-date regarding when your product orders will arrive with a focus on keeping communication at the highest level.

You can count on us to do everything we can to secure our supply lines and to keep our prices down. We value the relationship we have with you and your business, and we don’t take our commitment to you lightly. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me directly with any concerns or questions.

Thank you for being our business partner. We appreciate your loyalty, and your support.

Anne Housh
Vice President of Sales
Countrywide Tire and Rubber Inc.
ahoush@countrywidetire.com

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