Philadelphia I-95 collapse: Trucking deals with impacts

Almost a week after the collapse of a section of Interstate 95 north of Philadelphia set up conditions for supply chain chaos, that disruption is in the market, but signs suggest that it is at an overall level less than earlier anticipated.

Work on reconstructing the bridge already has begun, with a live cam showing ongoing progress.

Part of the problem in making a clear declaration of the level of stress on the Northeast supply chain is that the roughly 14,000 trucks that reportedly crossed the overpass in the Tacony section of northeast Philadelphia came in all shapes and sizes. A truck going from Baltimore to New York on I-95 can jump relatively easily to an alternate route that might include Interstate 295 in New Jersey or the largely parallel New Jersey Turnpike. However, an LTL or box truck carrier making a delivery in the area near the collapse doesn’t have that many options to choose from. 

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UPS workers authorize strike during contract negotiations

UPS workers represented by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters voted in favor of authorizing a strike in the thick of national contract negotiations, the union said Friday.

Members voted 97% in favor of authorizing a strike, allowing the UPS Teamsters National Negotiating Committee to call a strike if an agreement isn’t reached by July 31, according to a Teamsters news release.

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Cyclone impact: Indian ports remain shut

Major ports in the western Indian state of Gujarat, including Adani Group’s flagship Mundra operation, remained shut as winds are still strong after cyclone Biparjoy made landfall.

The powerful storm brought heavy rains in several areas of India and Pakistan and saw winds gusting to as high as 140 kilometers (87 miles) an hour. Both nations have evacuated about 150,000 people, restricted air and rail transport and shut port operations in the affected areas.

Pipavav port, operated by APM Terminals, resumed landside operations, the company said in a statement late June 16, though marine and quay-side operations remained suspended.

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