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Chicago - Supply Chain Disruption Ahead

The Union Pacific Rail has announced a 7-day pause, effective Sunday, July 18th, 23:59 PT for Eastbound traffic from the U.S. West Coast terminals destined to G4 terminal.

During this time, the UP will concentrate on actively reducing the rail backlog already en route or the Chicago area.

The Union Pacific Railroad is the second largest freight-hauling railroad, operating 8,300 locomotives over 32,200 miles routes in 23 U.S. states west of Chicago and New Orleans.

The UP's decision comes after continued pressure on the rail and trucking infrastructure dating back to February, when the terminals of NY/NJ were closed for 5 days due to bad weather conditions.
Import volumes through east coast ports continued to climb, partly because many importers shifted traffic there from Asia to avoid the delays on the west coast.

At the same time, increased volumes of containers continued to pour into Chicago from Pacific ports, adding to the congestion at rail yards.

This influx in volume has resulted in a lack of drivers, equipment and chassis which means delays in collecting and returning containers from the terminals, resulting in delayed deliveries and missed rail connections for sailings from the ocean ports on the US East and West Coasts.

The above-mentioned measures have been taken in the hope that this will alleviate some of the current pressure points in Chicago.

At Woodland Group, we will continue to do all we can to minimise the impact as much as possible to all our clients. 
If you have questions or concerns, please contact us here.

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