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Issue 6 2021 - FBJNA


than 20% from March 2020.


Dillan saw roughly 32,400 rail moves in the fiscal year ending July—just days after Northwest


International


Grains broke ground on a $2.5 million transload operation to handle containerized soybeans, lumber, cotton, yellow peas and more, Miller says. The two rail-served


terminals, he says, are “crucial assets to customers. Interest in SC inland ports has increased dramatically due to U.S. capacity constraints associated with inland movement,


particularly


trucking capacity, as volumes have increased.” In the adjoining Peach


State, overall container trade


rose million TEUs,


by 19% to 4.8 the Georgia


Port Authority says, with the Appalachian Regional Port, some 340 highway miles from the Port of Savannah, seeing a 28% increase. GPA’s Executive Director Lynch


Griff credits port


employees and “our partners throughout the logistics industry” for overcoming “unprecedented obstacles to handle the record-breaking cargo volumes we’ve seen in the past 11 months.”


Heartland Deep


Considerably deeper into the heartland, the Port of Duluth-Superior last year experienced its lowest tonnage since 1938, with


///MIDWEST INLAND PORTS


The MV Sedna Desgagnes berths at Port of Hamilton’s Pier 14 in Ontario. (Hamilton- Oshawa Port Authority photo.)


COVID-19 shuttering blast furnaces and iron mines. But through


June America’s


2021, North farthest-inland


freshwater port experienced a 39% jump over 2020, says Jayson Hron, spokesman for the Duluth Seaway Port


Authority. “Like every other port, we’ve


witnessed the worldwide strain on container supply,” he says. “We’re hearing about shippers paying three,


four


and five times more than ‘normal’ prices to move a


container from other ports. Those are shocking numbers.” In June, “TIME” magazine


reported the cost of transporting a 40-foot container from Shanghai to Rotterdam hit a record $10,522—nearly 550% higher than Drewry maritime consultancy’s seasonal average over the last five years.


Still, that hasn’t slowed HARNESS THE


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growth at inland terminals in North America.


Northern Angles


In Ontario, the Port of Hamilton


welcomed 198


vessels since the 2021 shipping season started, marking a 40% jump compared with the start of the 2020 season,


says the aptly named Ian Hamilton, President and CEO of the Hamilton-Oshawa Port Authority. “There was a point


when things were looking rather bleak due to COVID shutdowns, and our tonnage was down by over 30%,” he says. “Since then, the reopening of the economy made for an extremely busy fourth quarter in 2020, and we closed out the season on a decidedly optimistic note.” The sampling of numbers


from South Carolina to Minnesota to Ontario reflects those from the National Retail Federation, which in July reported record numbers from the Global Port Tracker: in May, U.S. ports handled


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The Terminal Rail Road Association of St. Louis continues its $222 million project to replace Merchants Bridge. (Walsh Construction photo.)


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