Severe Weather Disrupts Intermodal Shipments

Extreme winter conditions across the country prompted Union Pacific to nearly halt its intermodal network.

UP told shippers it would no longer accept loads at most intermodal terminals starting at 8 a.m. local time on Tuesday morning. The suspension is expected to last for 72 hours.

An exception was made for international shipments to and from on-dock facilities at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, California, and westbound domestic interline shipments from Canadian National, Canadian Pacific, CSX and Norfolk Southern.

The service suspension, UP said, was necessary to maintain fluidity at its intermodal terminals.

 “Several areas of our operating territory have experienced widespread interstate and road closures as a result of this weekend’s winter storms,” UP said in the advisory sent to shippers.

The advisory said shippers should expect delays of a minimum of 72 hours.

BNSF also said it is experiencing delays due to the weather conditions but stopped short of suspending acceptance of new loads at its terminals.

In an advisory sent to its shippers, BNSF warned of “extended delays” although it didn’t say for how long.

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