Hurricane Sally expected to douse crucial east-west road and rail throughways

Dive Brief:

  • The ports of Mobile and New Orleans closed Tuesday, with Hurricane Sally expected to make landfall as a Category 1 storm in southeast Louisiana late Tuesday or early Wednesday, according to the National Hurricane Center. The Port of Mobile will close until at least Wednesday morning. The Port of New Orleans has been shut down since midday Monday. But shippers should not expect a long closure since the worst of the storm is headed east, according to Jon Davischief meteorologist at Riskpulse.
  • The U.S. Postal Service has suspended service in affected areas of Alabama and Louisiana. FedEx has done the same in parts of Louisiana, and UPS has done so in parts of Alabama, Florida, Louisiana and Mississippi.

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Source: Supply Chain Dive

South Carolina Ports encouraged by steady rebound

The South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) looked on the bright side when reporting August volumes. Yes, the number of twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) handled in August was down 10% year-over-year, but the performance was 18% better than the month before.

The SCPA “saw some positive cargo trends in August, pointing to a slow but emerging recovery during the ongoing global pandemic,” the announcement said.

The Wando Welch and North Charleston container terminals handled 208,837 TEUs in August, down 10% from the year prior but “trending positively,” up 18% from July and 33% from June.

“Our August volumes surpassed expectations, reflecting the best year-over-year month since the pandemic began impacting global supply chains in March,” SCPA President and CEO Jim Newsome said. “We are encouraged by a steady rebound in containers, vehicles and inland port rail moves.”

August also marked the second-highest month ever for imports at the Port of Charleston, the SCPA said.

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Source: Freight Waves

Breaking News: US drops Canada aluminum tariffs

The United States is dropping its 10% tariffs on certain Canadian aluminum imports, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative announced on Tuesday.

The move came on the same day that Canada planned to announce a slate of countermeasures in response to the tariffs. President Donald Trump reimposed tariffs on Canadian aluminum on Aug. 6.

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Source: Freight Waves

Live updates: Hurricane Sally begins prolonged assault on northern Gulf Coast with ‘historic’ flooding forecast

Hurricane Sally is slogging toward the northern Gulf Coast, where it threatens to unleash “historic” amounts of rain that could trigger “extreme life-threatening flash flooding” through at least Wednesday, according to the National Hurricane Center.

The NHC predicts the long-duration storm could produce as much as 30 inches of rain between southeastern Mississippi and the western Florida Panhandle, with widespread amounts of 10 to 20 inches.

In addition, NHC is calling for an “extremely dangerous and life-threatening storm surge” in coastal areas, though forecasts for surge heights have been lowered.

Heavy rain and tropical-storm force winds have already begun and the storm’s impacts are expected to intensify as Sally inches ashore into Wednesday near the Mississippi-Alabama border.

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Source: The Washington Post

How to Fulfill on the Demands of Last-Mile Delivery

The rapid increase of e-commerce in recent years is a catalyst for the surge in last-mile services nationwide. With the addition of COVID-19 and online-only shopping, the importance of final mile is pushed to the forefront of the overall supply chain process.

Total online sales reached a record of $73.2 billion in June of this year, according to Forbes. That is more than a 76% increase year over year from June 2019. Due to the pandemic, many shoppers are opting to buy online versus traveling to a physical store. COVID-19 has also forced businesses to adapt to a fully digitalized business model to still reach their consumer base. This boost in e-commerce creates challenges to supply chain operations—mainly last-mile delivery. For shippers, final-mile highlights important factors and complex challenges as part of the overall transportation space.

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Source: Material Handling & Logistics