This summer essential is disappearing from store shelves
This summer should be an action game for many. More than 130 million people in the United States are finally fully vaccinated, which means they can take off their masks and assemble as before the pandemic, according to new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Unfortunately, not everything is easy from here on out: a looming shortage of an essential item can threaten your vaccinated summer plans. Read on to find out which summer essentials are disappearing from store shelves and what you can do to prevent it from ruining your vacation.
The United States faces a shortage of fireworks.
If you are looking to have fireworks for summer celebrations like July 4th, you might be disappointed. According to a statement released by Brooklyn Fireworks on May 5, the fireworks industry is facing a “massive shortage of products“In fact, the company says more than 60% of fireworks ordered by companies in the United States for 2021 will not actually arrive this year due to the shortage.
The shortage is the result of increased shipping costs.
According to Brooklyn Fireworks, shipping costs have increased by more than 100% over the past year, which has contributed to the looming fireworks shortage. The increase in costs comes from freight surcharges of $ 1,000 to $ 5,000 and additional charges added by ports in China.
“Many distributors have tried to wait until freight prices are low again, creating a massive shortage of fireworks that our industry has never experienced before,” the company said. Other additional factors contributing to the shortage include the disruption of the Suez Canal, port closures in Canada, the temporary pandemic shutdown and new production restrictions at Chinese fireworks factories.
Be prepared for fireworks prices to go up on your end as well.
Patrick dillman, owner of 3D Fireworks in Kansas, told CBS affiliate KWCH that many of your favorite fireworks products will have to face an increase in prices due to the shortage. For example, if you paid a dollar for something last year, it might be closer to $ 1.50 this year, he said. And Superior Fireworks has already announced that they are increase their prices by an average of 15 percent this year, the highest price hike the company has ever seen in its 20-year history.
“There just isn’t that much product here,” Dillman said. “This will obviously lead to higher prices.”
Experts say you should go ahead and buy fireworks now to have them by July 4th.
To make sure you secure the fireworks for your Independence Day celebration, experts say you should go ahead and buy them now. “We say it every year, but this year it seems more important than ever: order early for the best prices and the best selection,” Superior Fireworks said in its announcement. If you wait until the last minute to buy your fireworks, “there’s a very good chance that there’s nothing left to buy, not even from our competitors,” Brooklyn Fireworks warned.