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Supply Snarls Disrupt Chips and Ships as Higher Costs Abound

Container ships docked at the Port of Felixstowe in the U.K.

Container ships docked at the Port of Felixstowe in the U.K.

Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

The knotted supply chains that have dogged manufacturers the world over through the pandemic are showing few signs of a quick unwind even as the public-health crisis eases, adding fuel to the global inflation debate.

Costs continue to climb as shipping containers and semiconductors remain in short supply, a dynamic that’s hurting both production and distribution. The latest victim: Samsung Electronics expects the crunch to pose a problem next quarter while, separately, it is considering skipping the introduction of a new Galaxy Note — one of its best-selling models — this year.