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US port bottlenecks spreading to rail networks

The blockages at the docks that have caused recent problems in the USA’s supply chains are now said to be extending onto the freight rail networks. This is reportedly resulting in increasing costs for companies importing goods.

Some retailers are now apparently waiting for several weeks to move their merchandise by train out of the Southern Californian ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. Other importers are using trucks instead of the railway for long journeys.

The Union Pacific and BNSF rail companies which serve these ports state that the delay in collecting containers is being caused by congestion at freight-switching yards thousands of miles away, such as at the logistics hub located in Chicago.

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This article was originally published on page 2 of the July/August 2022 issue of SATRA Bulletin.

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