Broken supply chains: Why a US$648 bike costs US$477 to ship to Singapore

Over the weekend, I wanted to order a mid-range bicycle from Amazon – the Schwinn GTX Comfort Adult Hybrid bike, which costs US$648 (S$872), way more than I expected. I thought I would get it in about three weeks, as is usually the case. But to my surprise, I found I might have to wait till after Christmas – more than two months, in other words.

Even worse than the sticker shock was the shipping cost from the United States, which was quoted at a whopping US$477.48, or almost three-fourths of the already elevated price of the bicycle itself. I held off my order.

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