May 22, 2024 5:50 pm
How a bridge collapse impacts one of the busiest ports in the United States

A bridge accident in Baltimore on Tuesday has led to the suspension of operations at the Francis Scott Key Bridge, which is one of the busiest ports in the United States. This shutdown of sea traffic passing through the port will have significant implications for global supply chains, as the Port of Baltimore is the ninth largest foreign cargo port in the country and the busiest car port, handling over 750,000 vehicles last year.

Major American car manufacturers, such as General Motors and Ford, have already announced plans to redirect their car deliveries to other ports to mitigate the effects of the shutdown. While the Port of Baltimore is crucial for car shipments, it is smaller in terms of container traffic, allowing containers to be redirected to larger ports in the northeastern United States.

Experts believe that the flexibility of container transport and excess capacity in ocean freight services will help cushion the shock to supply chains. Companies like United Parcel Service (UPS) are prepared to reroute shipments to alternative ports and modes of transport to ensure the continued movement of goods.

Despite disruptions caused by natural disasters or geopolitical events in recent years, global supply chains have shown resilience and adaptability. East coast ports have indicated their readiness to assist ships meant for Baltimore, minimizing the impact on global trade.

The CEO of British Institute of Export and International Trade Marco Forgione expressed concerns about potential ripple effects on global supply chains due to this event but US Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg acknowledged its impact on US supply chains although it’s too early to assess its full extent.

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