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Conflicting reports on rail traffic availability... Who do we believe? Follow the money?
Conflicting reports in the same article:The industrial rail lines that fan out from ports all along the West Coast to destinations throughout the rest of the United States are no longer able to accommodate normal demand for product shipments, according to new reports.
A logistics consultant from Northern California claims he was unable to book any shipping containers either through Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) or Union Pacific (UP) during the first week of September, a scenario that apparently has never happened before during his tenure.
Shipping through Canada in this manner is cheaper, however, which evidence suggests is contributing to a shift in the way some businesses send their goods overseas.
BNSF is also rejecting the notion that it lacks international railcar capacity, which a spokesman described as “inaccurate.”
“BNSF is open for business and ready to receive all freight from ocean carriers at the West Coast ports,” he added. “We have a railcar fleet in excess of demand and have sufficient locomotives, equipment and people across our network to handle current and additional volumes.”