The hardware parts and stocks between surcharges and empty warehouses bring us back to Covid but what is the reason for this new crisis now?

It seems like we have returned to 2020 and 2021 when we were talking about how the crisis generated by Covid was putting the entire IT sector to the test, especially for manufacturers of hardware made from pieces coming from other factories.

The international situation is also hitting the tech sector again – Sjbeez

Many gamers still remember the difficulties encountered in trying to buy a PS5, for example, or the delays in the distribution of some highly anticipated smartphones. A good three years have passed since those months in which it seemed we had seen the crisis of globalization up close.

Yet we are here again talking about delays in parts deliveries, and therefore lack of hardware, prices starting to rise and a new situation of global uncertainty. This time, however, it is not Covid’s fault even if the entire globalized system is still affected.

Why are hardware parts missing and surcharges occurring during this period?

We had left behind the dark period of the pandemic in which it seemed like we were living suspended. Locked in the house or forced to go out dressed like in a chapter of Fallout, we had to rewrite our daily lives. Then the restrictions slowly eased, the situation returned more or less to normal and we seemed to be moving towards a new tranquility.

Your new computer is likely to cost a lot more now – Sjbeez

And yet it seems that hardware manufacturers are already complaining about new problems and delays. But it’s not the fault of a resurgence of the pandemic. The reason why the prices of pieces are rising again is to be found elsewhere: in the middle of the sea. The evident tensions in the Middle East which have led to a resurgence of friction along the entire route between Africa and the Arabian Peninsula are generating delays and uncertainties regarding the shipping of containers from Taiwan and China.

The optimal route to reach Europe with container ships, and therefore the distribution centres, crosses that narrow stretch of sea which on one side looks to Yemen and Saudi Arabia and on the other looks to Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan. With the Houthis having decided to target passing ships, many transport operators have been forced to create new routes circumnavigating Africa.

However, with the danger of encountering not only delays due to the weather but also pirates who are usually stationed off the coast of Somali waters but who can also be traced in other areas. Extending transport times means that transport costs more for companies and this in turn translates into rising prices for end users.