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One Stuck Box of Fertilizer Shows the Global Supply Chain Crisis

  • Delays stretch China-to-Chicago trip to more than half a year
  • Shipment has been stranded at Shanghai port for months
Shipping containers at the Yangshan Deepwater Port in Shanghai.
Shipping containers at the Yangshan Deepwater Port in Shanghai.Photographer: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg
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Somewhere in the world’s busiest port of Shanghai, a container of fertilizer sits among tens of thousands of boxes, waiting for a ride to the U.S. It’s been on the dock for months, trapped by typhoons and Covid outbreaks that have worsened major congestion in the global supply-chain network.