Union Pacific railroad announced that it will halt the movement of international cargo from the West Coast to its Global IV terminal in Chicago for a week, beginning Sunday, July 18th.

The announcement comes after labor shortages, pandemic restrictions and pooled chassis shortages have created congestion at the terminal. Officials hope that the weeklong pause will allow the carrier to clear the backlog.

Importers can expect West Coast dwell times to worsen and transit times to lengthen for cargo that has not yet loaded to the rail.

Shapiro will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as they become available.