The BNSF and Union Pacific (UP) are running low in space in Chicago due to import surges over the last eight weeks, making it a challenge to find solutions to satisfy the growing impatience of truckers.
Trucking companies want quicker turns inside the terminals while importers are facing increased storage charges. Southern California marine terminal operators are concerned about not getting enough well-cares to transfer containers.
'I'm not sure that the stakeholders that are micro-focused on their port terminals have a good perspective of the entire supply chain dynamic,' said BNSF vice president Tom Williams.
'We desperately want to free up cars to get back to the ports. And I'm not trying to point fingers because this is a global supply chain challenge,' said Mr Williams.
Between April 4 and May 30, UP's volume increased 26 per cent compared to the previous eight weeks, while BNSF's volume jumped 8.4 per cent.
As a way to combat congestion, BNSF announced it would eliminate track to create more storage space in Lot W within its Logistics Park Chicago Facility.