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We are now mid-2021 and after the 2020 season, we thought we could take a breath and hope for some semblance of normality.
Nope. 2021 is becoming very difficult and we are not 100% sure how it's going to pan out.
It is possible that 2021 could bring a shortage of fireworks. We seem to have a perfect storm moment.
Let me try and explain.
In China, fireworks production normally stops in July due to the temperature, it gets too hot. This year they closed a few weeks earlier to celebrate 100 years of communism. So we have a reduced manufacturing time.
Shipping of fireworks is expensive, but this year it's gone through the roof. We've heard of prices going from $11k to $28k per container. So naturally, that price is having to be added to the price of the fireworks so this year will see price increases across the board.
However, the biggest issue facing importers is actually getting the containers on the ship. This year has seen a drastic reduction in the number of containers of fireworks being allowed on a container ship.
So if you add all this together it's going to be a difficult year all around. We have friends in America who have noticed that there was a shortage of fireworks and that the prices had become more expensive this year.
So how does it affect us? We've been working hard to ensure that our stock for 2021 gets here. We've had to change orders and in some cases cancel orders where there is a doubt about the delivery. Unfortunately, we do have price increases but we have done our best to limit them as best we can.
We will update the stock situation as we are made aware of it and any pre-orders made will take priority for stock. Any pre-orders made will be guaranteed the price at the time of order, irrespective of any supplemental price increases. If the stock doesn't arrive then we can either replace it with something of equal or greater value or cancel that one product.
We, as always, will do our best and hopefully, 2021 will be a good year for everyone.
Thanks for taking the time to read this.
The Firework Store