Union Pacific Railroad Temporarily Suspending Service to its Joliet, Illinois Terminal

Union Pacific Railroad (UP) will temporarily halt all international intermodal service from Los Angeles, Long Beach, Oakland, and Tacoma, to its Global IV terminal in Joliet, Illinois, near Chicago, for up to seven days beginning July 19, an emergency measure designed to get thousands of ocean containers to their cargo owners. The suspension of service applies to all UP’s ocean carrier partners.

The emergency measures are necessary to redirect efforts toward the amassing of ocean containers without chassis in UP Global IV. Over 2000 containers have accumulated in Joliet, IL. Containers in the Global IV stack have been stuck for 30-60 days. Reservations from inland rail hubs to the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach will also be reduced by a minimum of 15 % effective July 16.