U.S. winter weather impact on freight

Mother Nature continues her wrath here in the United States and it’s taking its toll on the transportation industry. Thank you to all of our Cargo Services Inc. clients, agents and partners worldwide for being flexible with our team as we do our best to move your cargo efficiently and effectively.

This week central Indiana suffered yet another snow storm with temperatures hovering around zero on average. And yes, more snow is in the forecast for next week.

Bottom line, the impact is industry wide. Here’s what we know about the state of railways, ports and roadways.

As always, if you have questions about your cargo, please contact you Cargo Service team directly. And thank you again for your business and patience with this situation.

Rail delays of 48 -72 hours are being experienced in the Northeast- Ohio Valley-Chicago-Kansas City and St. Louis. Interchange traffic though Chicago is also experiencing delays of up to 72 hours due to frozen switches-shortage of locomotive power and machinery break-downs. ail freight is being staggered to/from the West Coast due to the extreme weather conditions.

Ports impacted on the east coast. Successive snowstorms slamming the Northeast are being blamed in part for drayage chassis shortages at the Port of New York and New Jersey, the largest East Coast port.

Overall January impact. A Feb. 4 article in the Journal of Commerce reports on the Institute of Supply Management’s latest economic indices. The article says: 

Ten industries reported slower supplier deliveries in January, from the makers of plastics, rubber and paper products, to appliance and electronics manufacturers. Eight industries reported no substantial change in deliveries since December…. Flight disruptions alone cost the U.S. $2.5 billion in lost productivity.