Freight costs have been at a too high level since the beginning of the year and still are no recovery is to be expected. The problems in container shipping make it more expensive the sea freight rates many times over and influence the delivery times for goods from China.
In addition, at the beginning of the third quarter, the euro appreciated against the dollar loses and has even fallen below parity in the meantime. In the coming months, the persistently low euro exchange rate could also negatively affect prices. If the massive shortage of components again relaxed, the then strong demand will lead to price increases and longer delivery times lead to the circuit boards.
The automotive industry in particular, with its order volumes, has to deal with large backlogs. This should definitely be taken into account when procuring printed circuit boards.
Our transport times are currently around 2 weeks for air freight and our current
production time is 2 to 3 weeks.