Logistics Expert Anticipates Surge in Cargo for West Coast and Gulf Ports After Baltimore Tragedy

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The recent calamity at the Port of Baltimore has reverberated throughout the shipping industry, catalyzing an urgent search for alternative routes as the facility braces for an imminent shutdown. Alex Cherin, EKA Partner and former Port of Long Beach Managing Director for Trade has provided valuable insights into the potential repercussions of the bridge collapse at the Port of Baltimore.

While immediate rerouting of cargo away from the US East Coast may not be immediate, Cherin warns of an anticipated surge in volumes heading towards the West Coast and Gulf Ports within the next six months to one year. This anticipated shift underscores the critical significance of gateway stability in today’s rapidly evolving shipping milieu.

“The prospective closure of the Port of Baltimore for any prolonged period is poised to compel importers to seek out alternative entry points, particularly those boasting infrastructure and resources not readily found along the East Coast. The deep water capabilities, rail connectivity, and warehousing facilities of West Coast and Gulf Ports, often overshadowed by the familiarity of Baltimore, are primed to emerge as enticing alternatives, especially as capacity constraints afflict other East Coast ports or impede the handling of specialized cargo such as automobiles,” stated Cherin.

“Key determinants including fuel prices, rail accessibility, and trucking expenses will wield significant influence over decision-making processes as industry stakeholders navigate this pivotal juncture. The evolving dynamics following the Port of Baltimore tragedy serve as a poignant reminder of the resilience and adaptability inherent in the global shipping network,” Cherin concluded.

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