Delays Plague Midwest Rail Terminals

A surge of shipments coming into U.S. ports and moving to rail terminals means containers are being grounded and stacked at terminals as they wait for chassis. Rail terminals in the Midwest are most affected by this issue, which Chicago seeing the longest delays. This situation is expected to last several weeks.

Importers should expect delays and plan for additional fees related to container deliveries during this time:

  • Rail yard demurrage fees for containers stored at the ramp after the last free day;
  • Trucker pre-pull charges for pulling containers out of the rail yard to avoid demurrage;
  • Trucker yard-storage fees for holding the container as it waits for delivery, which is much less expensive than storing the containers at the rail ramps;
  • Chassis rental fees and repositioning fees; and
  • Higher delivery rates.