Intermodal container congestion and delays seem destined to get worse before it gets better. Union Pacific has announced that “it will halt all shipments of international containers from West Coast ports to its Global IV terminal in Chicago for up to a week.”
 
This report from Trains.com says Union Pacific is taking this action to give its Chicago terminal time to catch up on a backlog of containers there.
 
This report from I [...]

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Ocean carrier Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) has announced that it will impose an Emergency Intermodal Charge (EIC) to offset its rising costs for providing inland services. Effective August 1, 2021 (gate in date at port of loading) and until further notice, MSC will charge an EIC in the amount of USD $350 per container for all US import cargo arriving via US and Canadian gateways where MSC is responsible for rail, rail and truck, truck [...]

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