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Shippers expect increased US port congestion due to Red Sea crisis -US Transportation Dept

A ship transits the Suez Canal towards the Red Sea on January 10, 2024 in Ismailia, Egypt. Stakeholders shared their concerns from the ongoing Red Sea crisis during a hearing on Jan. 30, held by the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Subcommittee.

Posted on February 5, 2024

U.S. shipping industry stakeholders told the Transportation Department they “expected increased congestion at some U.S. container ports in the next four to six weeks as shippers re-route cargo to avoid the Red Sea,” the department said on Friday.

The stakeholders shared their concerns during a call with the department’s Office of Multimodal Freight on Thursday, the department said. The call focused on supply chain issues stemming from the situation in the Red Sea, where attacks by Yemen’s Houthis have disrupted shipping.

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