Shipping delays, 2020 sales impacting fireworks availability | South Dakota News
RAPID CITY, SD (AP) – Shipping delays from China and record sales last year are impacting fireworks supplies on July 4, according to industry experts.
The owner of Extreme Fireworks in Rapid City, Douglas Bellinger, said a shortage is limiting the amount of products he can sell this year.
“It’s a shortage of 24-round artillery shells and a lot of our little stuff that we sell,” Bellinger told the Rapid City Journal.
According to Bellinger, fireworks supplies from China normally take 30 days to ship, but this year it takes 60 days.
“There are also issues when they hit docks and construction sites in California, getting a truck here also takes longer,” he said.
The fireworks industry has not been immune to the coronavirus pandemic which has caused shutdowns and staffing issues in the supply chain.
“For example, we ordered seven containers and only received two, so we’re missing five,” Bellinger said. “Each container holds 800 to 1,000 cases, so supply issues impact how much we have to sell.”
On top of that, Bellinger said the fireworks have been in high demand since last year, when more and more people celebrated Independence Day at home.
“Last year was a great year. They wanted to get out and were tired of being locked up, ”he said. “It ran out of supplies here and emptied a lot of the warehouses. Additionally, China did not have the people, supplies, or materials to resupply. That’s sort of where we are today.
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