Two major rail companies in the USA – BNSF and UPRR – have announced that they are temporarily stopping their Chicago rail service due to the serious backlog.
We have received the following information from MSC and HPL:
Due to the record import WW volumes into the USA and their continuous impact on the USA intermodal supply chain, rail operators have started to meter inland inbound trains from both WEST and EAST coast ocean terminals.
Effective Sunday 18th July, for the next two weeks, MSC rail vendor BNSF is reducing import rail traffic from the US West Coast ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. Oakland and Tacoma currently remain unaffected. This will impact the delivery of on-board or discharged cargoes to Chicago, as cargo will be held at marine terminals until the restriction is abated. As a result, any change of destination may prove difficult given these challenging circumstances.
Effective Sunday 18th July, until further notice, MSC rail operator have started to meter:
- From New York to Chicago
- From New York to Cleveland
- From New York to Indianapolis
If the current scenario does not improve, these temporary measures may very well spread to other ramps.
As the international intermodal supply chain continues to be stressed at both the West Coast marine terminal complexes, as well as some inland markets, Hapag Lloyd’s US West Coast Union Pacific is taking some actions to improve fluidity and throughput by restricting import cargo flow from the West Coast ports to Chicago / Joliet market.
Effective from Sunday 18th July at 2359 PST, UPRR is suspending import rail traffic from all US West Coast Marine Terminals (LA / Long Beach, Oakland, Seattle and Tacoma) for up to 7 days. Cargo will be held at marine terminals until the suspension is lifted.
We continue to monitor the situation and will keep you updated. Please contact our Customer teams with any enquiries relating to specific bookings.