In several producing countries like Vietnam, India, China there have been very strict lockdown measures and in many countries they are still in effect. This of course causes delays in production, shipping and therefore also delivery.
This causes a lot of practical difficulties: documents do not arrive on site, production is stopped or seriously delayed due to lack of manpower, empty frozen containers are sometimes hard to find, ships take longer to arrive ... This of course causes delivery problems. The supply of products is much more irregular, there are often last minute changes in the container planning and therefore there are often shortages.
Towards the end of the year, we would recommend ordering in good time and taking stock if you want to avoid stock shortages. Also keep in mind that the more expensive logistics and the high demand will put upward pressure on prices.