Hurricane Irma – Transportation Update & Shipper Impact

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Hurricane Irma made landfall in south Florida over the weekend and has been pushing north and east bringing heavy rain and wind into northern Florida, Georgia, and the Carolinas. As the second Hurricane in two weeks impacts the United States, we continue to think of all those affected by Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Harvey.

Our team is working hard to keep shippers informed about the storm’s impact on your freight and the entire logistics industry. The most recent transportation news and updates are listed below to help you navigate these weather-related supply chain challenges. We encourage you to reach out to your GlobalTranz support teams with any questions.

Hurricane Irma Transportation Update

Supply chains across the U.S. are experiencing delays and expected to operate with limitations through the week.

  • LTL terminals are closed or running limited operations in: Georgia (Savannah, Albany, Columbus, Hazelhurst), Alabama (Macon, Dothan, Mobile, Montgomery) and Florida (Key West, Fort Lauderdale, Miami, West Palm Beach, Fort Myers, Pompano Beach, Tampa, Orlando, Jacksonville, Ocala, Tallahassee).
  • The storm has impacted roadways in Florida, limiting pick-ups and deliveries until conditions improve. Follow Florida DOT for road and travel condition updates.
  • To ensure shipments into affected areas can be made, we recommend confirming receiving capabilities with your consignee prior to shipping. This will help avoid potential fees, which can result if the consignee is not able to receive shipments.  If you are shipping out of the affected region, we recommend confirming with your pickup location prior to booking your shipment.
  • Florida East Coast Railway (FECR) suspended rail operations on Friday, September 8, and is currently assessing damage to terminals. The FECR intends to begin rolling startups as conditions permit, which could be as early as Tuesday, September 12. Follow Florida rail updates here.
  • Port Miami reopened with limited operations on Tuesday, September 12. U.S. Coast Guard cleared truck and gate operations for the Seaboard Marine container terminal. However, the port will remain closed for marine traffic at least through 4pm ET Tuesday, September 12. Follow Port of Miami for updates.
  • Miami International Airport (MIA) resumed operations today on a limited basis. Other airports that have been affected by Hurricane Irma and running limited cargo operations include: Fort Lauderdale (FLL), Palm Beach International (PBI), South West Florida International (RSW), Jacksonville International (JAX), Orlando Airport (MCO), Tampa International (TPA), Princess Juliana (SXM), Charleston International (CHS) and Savannah (SAV).
  • For shipment tracking information, call 1-866-275-1407 or email info@globaltranz.com

Shipper/Customer Impact

As we are seeing with Hurricane Harvey, even after the storm subsides, Hurricane Irma will continue to impact the freight industry for weeks to come.

  • Flooding and road closures during severe weather leave trucks idle, as they wait for water to recede from roads and loading docks. After the storm, shippers should anticipate extended service interruptions across Florida, Georgia, the Carolinas and surrounding areas, as carriers deal with the impact of cargo overload from the storm.
  • Shippers will likely experience capacity constrains due to the prioritization of available trucks for transporting relief and emergency supplies over standard freight. Additionally, road congestion continues to be a challenge in areas impacted by Hurricane Harvey, so regions of the U.S. hit by Irma may also experience road congestion.
  • Truckload rates into Houston and surrounding metro areas increased after Hurricane Harvey as the number of trucks available to carry loads shrank. Rate increases for inbound and outbound freight in areas affected by Hurricane Irma is likely.

As weather conditions and service updates evolve, we will continue to provide important information. Contact your GlobalTranz support team with any questions. Call 1-866-275-1407 or email info@globaltranz.com