iPad 3 is just around the corner and rumors are coming out like anything. Today, MacRumors reports that even though the rumors regarding iPad 3 shipments being en route have already been popping up, they are now hearing from shipping representatives at other companies who are having a hard time even getting their products shipped over to the United States from China as Apple prepares for the iPad 3 launch. This is apparently “squeezing” the air freight industry.
A shipping company told MacRumors that last week his freight agent in China had been rushing to find space for his company’s shipments. In addition, shipping rates have increased 20% in one week due to Apple claiming available capacity at premium rates. Some shipping carriers have even said that they aren’t able to find space with its usual carrier due to Apple’s demand. It is causing them to scramble to find alternatives.
AppleInsider also reported a similar story, but it was specifically related to shipments going through DHL, one of the major international carriers sometimes used by Apple. Hmmm, I’m trying to think of the last time Android tablet shipments had the same effect on freight shipments?