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National / International Supply Chain Disruption – Message from the President

By now we are all aware there are significant issues that risk disruption to our transportation supply chains across the country.  These issues are complex and given the recent publicity of what is looking to be an impasse that may last some time, we want to ensure our customers and partners are aware of these risks.

While the most obvious pressing disruption is the rail transportation restrictions, the downstream effect over the coming days and weeks is what we all need to be talking about and planning for.  At best another week of restriction will cause bottlenecks that will take weeks to solve resulting in supply and delivery delays across all networks.  At worst a prolonged impasse will halt the movement of non-critical supplies and goods, forcing the movement of same over the road.  And if the conflict continues, we could see the blockades and restrictions moving to our highway systems as well.

Critical volumes that can be moved to the road will be and that will take up any available capacity for non-critical goods.  The disruption will be felt in capacity constraints of the current volume of road carriers, as well as in the pricing of the services to transport these volumes.