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July 3, 2023
Lori Ann LaRocco

The strike could lead to congestion in these ports with longshoremen unable to unload vessels. Congestion can turn into backlogs and lead to delayed pickups from terminals, which can then lead to late fees that are often passed on to consumers — similar to what occurred during the pandemic.

“ITS Logistics has significantly increased trucking capacity at all Chicago Area rail ramps to to move out as many containers as we can ahead of the container congestion we expect as a result of the strike,” said Paul Brashier, vice president of drayage and intermodal at ITS Logistics. “The strike is creating an artificial backup of containers which will create congestion once the containers are processed through the ports.”

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