Apple’s iPad 3 shipments clogging up freight travel out of China

Mon, Mar 5, 2012


On March 7, the top brass at Apple will introduce the iPad 3 to the world. In just a few days we’ll be well versed in all of the device’s new features while also learning when Apple’s next-gen tablet will hit store shelves.

If Apple sticks to its usual pattern, the iPad 3 release date will be just a few days removed from the March 7 announcement. Some more optimistic reports even claim that the iPad may hit stores on March 7 itself.

That said, iPad 3 shipments have reportedly been en route to the US for a few days now, and Apple’s control of air freight out of China is causing problems for other companies looking to import goods in from the far east.

Mac Rumors reports:

One shipping representative told MacRumors last week that his freight broker in China has been scrambling to find space for his company’s shipments, with shipping rates rising 20% in one week as Apple has snapped up available capacity at premium rates. Another shipping manager told us a similar story today, with his company being unable to find space with its usual carrier due to Apple’s demand and having to scramble to find alternatives for moving products overseas….

It certainly appears that Apple is planning for the iPad 3 to be available very soon after its introduction on Wednesday. Consequently, the company has clearly been working hard to move massive quantities of the device into position for rapid deployment to stores around the United States and presumably a number of other countries included in the first round of launches.

Apple is clearly hoping to get in as many iPad 3 devices as it can as quickly as it can. Consequently, expect the launch date to hit sooner rather than later.



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