Navigating Global Trade: Understanding the Ramifications of Houthi Attacks in the Red Sea

BENS recently interviewed BENS members and private sector leaders Robert Sappio, CEO of SeaCube Container Leasing; William Kunkler, Executive Vice President of Operations at CC Industries; and Edward Floyd and Calum Cheyne, Partners at Zeiler Floyd Zadkovich, to garner their perspectives on how the Houthi attacks have impacted their respective businesses and industries.

Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen have intensified assaults on commercial vessels traversing the Red Sea, deploying sophisticated weaponry such as ballistic and anti-ship missiles, drone swarms, and naval assaults. Consequently, this surge in attacks has severely disrupted global trade, prompting major shipping companies to redirect their routes around Africa, resulting in significant extensions to shipping schedules. The prolonged trip durations and increased operational expenses have led to notable spikes in costs, potentially exacerbating inflationary pressures and consumer prices.

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