The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1st to November 30th. Because these super-storms wreak havoc to the nation’s infrastructure, shippers should prepare for weather-related disruptions. Past hurricanes have opened shipper’s eyes, as disruptions in delivery, tracking and safety have caused significant problems.
In 2012, Hurricane Sandy triggered one of the worst transportation disasters in US history. Many New York and New Jersey ports remained open so shippers could get their containers to safe ground. Despite these efforts, more than 15,000 containers were lost and 16,000 new vehicles shipped in were flooded. Shippers lost products and realized the significance of planning for possible disruptions.
When a storm is predicted to make landfall, the transportation industry experiences:
The aftermath of a hurricane often leaves shipments delayed. Shipments are stopped due to port closings, motionless commercial traffic, evacuations and road closures due to flooding, down power lines and limited communication.
The most important tips for shippers to consider during hurricane season are:
Preparation is essential for post-storm recovery. At PLS Logistics Services, we use our decades of experience to effectively manage, move and optimize your supply chain. As partners, we will organize solutions for any unexpected transportation challenges.