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Reporter’s Notebook
July 14, 2023
Ari Ashe

I spoke to an NVOCC contact who said her cargo between Chicago and Winnipeg has been delayed, as are many other Western Canada inland locations:

“I have loads going to Winnipeg and it’s been sitting in Chicago for like a week. The rails tell us it’s due to the ILWU issue in Vancouver and Prince Rupert, causing rail cars out of place, so therefore, departures are being delayed.”

With the tentative agreement, hopefully the mess will be untangled soon. Paul Brashier, vice president of drayage and intermodal at ITS Logistics, explains how long he thinks it will take:

“My rule of thumb when we deal with stuff like this is for every week that a port is shut down, it’s about three to four weeks to untangle it. So I’d say it’ll take six to eight weeks to get back to normal.”

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