If hurricane Florence is of a high magnitude when it makes land, it could cause a severe disruption to freight operations for an extended period of time. Trucking capacity is already thin, and diversion of available trucking capacity to any reconstruction and relief efforts could further impact the already high transportation costs currently being seen.
Norfolk Southern Railway has advised they have stopped accepting intermodal shipments at all origin locations destined to Norfolk (Portlock), Norfolk International Terminal and Virginia Inland Gateway. Norfolk Southern Railway notice: http://www.nscorp.com/content/nscorp/en/service-alerts/hurricane-florence—ns-storm-preparations.html
The Port of Norfolk is closing today at 2359 hours, and is to be closed through at least September 13. Port of Norfolk Notice: http://www.portofvirginia.com/hurricane-florence-message-3-100-p-m-on-sept-11/
The South Carolina Ports that cover Charleston, Georgetown, Greer and Dillon have provided no further update then yesterday’s notice: http://www.scspa.com/advisories/hurricane-florence-advisory/
U.S. Customs (CBP) has provided guidance on possible vessel diversion due to port closures. Trans American will monitor and update any entries as needed for port of entry. CBP Guidance: https://csms.cbp.gov/viewmssg.asp?Recid=23736&page=&srch_argv=18-000526&srchtype=all&btype=&sortby=&sby=
American Shipper has provided detail as follows: https://www.americanshipper.com/main/full/east-coast-ports-monitoring-path-of-hurricane-florence-72485.aspx?source=Big4
National Hurricane Center: https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/
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