Expeditors, C.H. Robinson rebound in Seattle challenged by Union Pacific surcharge

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Union Pacific is applying a surcharge to rail shipments from the port of Seattle in certain conditions as it attempts to manage demand for equipment in southern California in the face of a surge in shipments. Total traffic handled by the ports of Seattle and Tacoma has only recently recovered from the COVID-19 related downturn, with U.S. seaborne imports to the ports up by 11.0% year over year in the first half of August. That included a 32.0% surge in shipments from China. Freight forwarders operating China-to-U.S. services via Seattle face a more complex job as they attempt to stay com...

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