Rail Disruptions

Thursday, September 15, 2022:

Unions and management reached a tentative deal early Thursday, September 15, averting a freight railroad strike that had threatened to negatively impact US supply chains.  The deal concluded 20 hours of talks between the unions’ leadership and the railroads’ labor negotiators hosted by US Labor Secretary Marty Walsh.

Current Rail Statuses:

  • Norfolk Southern (NS): Announced that tentative agreement has been reached and gates

have been reopened. Press Release

  • Union Pacific (UP): Announced that tentative agreement has been reached and the embargo

on Hazardous and Security-Sensitive commodities (PIH/TIH) has been lifted. Press Release

  • BNSF: Announced that tentative agreement has been reached and the railroad will resume

normal operations. Press Release

  • Canadian National – (CN): Announced that tentative agreement has been reached, rail

operations will return to normal, and the embargo on Hazardous and Security/Time-Sensitive

shipments (PIH/TIH) has been lifted. Press Release

 

We will continue to monitor conditions and post the most update-to-date information here.


Wednesday, September 14, 2022:

There is potential for rail disruption in the US. Below are the major rail carriers most recent updates:

Norfolk Southern (NS): Effective 17:00 local time on Wednesday, September 14, 2022, Norfolk Southern will close all gates to Intermodal traffic. Press Release

Union Pacific (UP): Effective Monday September 12, Union Pacific implemented changes to the securing and acceptance of Hazardous and Security-Sensitive commodities (PIH/TIH). Press Release.

BNSF: Effective 12:01 AM EST on Wednesday, September 14, BNSF will stop in-gate of temperature-controlled intermodal units. Press Release.

Canadian National – (CN): Effective at 12:01 a.m. ET on Monday, September 12th, 2022, CN embargoed cross-border shipments of Rail Security-Sensitive Materials or RSSM commodities (such as PIH/TIH) and all Time Sensitive commodities. The list of embargoed commodities can be found here. At the current time, all other commodities (as well as Canada-to-Canada shipments) are not impacted.