North America’s middle ground: New cargo routes to and from the Midwest
The COVID-19 pandemic and its resultant supply-chain crisis has provided an opportunity for shippers and carriers to tweak North American transportation routes. But it’s not as if no one thought about this before. Congestion at the ports of Southern California is nothing new, and some transportation patterns began to change even before the COVID-19 virus was detected on North American shores, especially for cargo destined for the broad midsection of the country.
It makes sense that cargo owners in the U.S. Midwest would prefer that their goods bypass the supply-chain snafus at East and West Coast seaports. Ports on the Gulf of Mexico represent one alternative, and at least one Great Lakes port is also making a play for that cargo. So are cargo-oriented airports like Rickenbacker International Airport in Columbus, Ohio, which has benefitted from the global trend, in reaction to ocean carrier delays, of increased air cargo volumes.
Read the full AJOT article by Peter Buxbaum here.