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Baltimore Port Shipping Disruption Alert: Freight Expert Tips & Suggestions

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Updated on 30 Mar 2024
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What happened to the port of Baltimore and can cargo ships still access it?

On the 26th of March 2024 there was an collision with a cargo ship causing the collapse of the Key Bridge on the southeast corridor of l-695 leading to the port of Baltimore.

Access to the Baltimore Port is now blocked and it is unclear for how long vessel traffic will be disrupted.
We will continue to keep you updated on the impact of this incident on your freight shipments on this dedicated page.
For updates on the repairs of the bridge itself you can refer to the KEY BRIDGE RESPONSE 2024 official page.

Here are 4 things you need to know regarding Baltimore's freight shipping disruption

1. Expected delays

Anticipate delays of several weeks to months before normal operations resume.

2. What alternate routes can you consider while Baltimore remains inaccessible?

Alternative alternative shipping destinations to consider are:

  • Norfolk
  • Rail to Baltimore
  • Philadelphia
  • Wilmington
  • Delaware
  • New York

3. Barge unavailability

Barge routes to Baltimore are currently inaccessible.

4. Re-routing costs:

For shipments already gated in or in route to Baltimore, the cargo owners can expect additionl cost due to the re-routing caused by force majeure.

Additional tip from our expert

If you were planning to ship cargo to baltimore, we recommend you to act promptly and adjust your shipping plans. For assistance, reach out to our team.

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