Client Advisories

Client Advisory - Hurricane Dorian

Current as of September 6, 2019

Hurricane Dorian and Tropical Storm Gabrielle are both being monitored in the U.S., while the impact of Tropical Storm Fernand in Mexico is being felt and monitored. Many businesses are open and continuing operations as usual. Our C.H. Robinson offices and network are open and ready to assist customers. Please do not hesitate to reach out to your local C.H. Robinson team member for help prioritizing shipments and finding alternative solutions as needed.

Transportation Update by Mode

Less-than-Truckload (LTL)
  • Things are starting to move back to normal. There are more limited operations versus closed operations. There are some delays from carriers in announcing updates on shipments. For more details around terminal closures please contact your C.H. Robinson representative.
  • Most of Florida is back to normal, although there may still be limited service in northern Florida. For more details around terminal closures please contact your C.H. Robinson representative.
Truckload
  • Hours of Service (HOS) rules have been lifted in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina.
  • Our carrier capacity remains open and many highways that had previously been reversed have now resumed normal traffic flow.
Ocean
  • Port Everglades, Miami, Jacksonville, Savannah are all open and operational.
  • Charleston reopened as of this morning to gate operations and will resume vessel operations this evening.
  • Wilmington is currently closed and are expected to resume gate activity by Monday with vessel operations to open at the earliest on September 7.
  • Norfolk was closed as of last evening (Thursday) to both gate and vessel operations with the hope to reopen by September 7, based on the storm path.
  • Baltimore is currently open and operational.
Rail

Norfolk Southern Rail

  • In advance of Hurricane Dorian, the Port of Virginia has advised that all operations will cease from 7:00 p.m. Thursday 9/5 to 7:00 a.m. Saturday, September 7. All Norfolk Southern origin gates will remain open to Norfolk International Terminal (NIT) and Virginia International Gateway (VIG); however, customers may incur departure and/or availability delays as shipments will be advanced to the Port of Virginia as operations allow.

Union Pacific

  • The Norfolk Southern and Florida East Coast Railroads have provided guidance to remove all ingate suspensions at Union Pacific intermodal facilities for traffic destined to the Florida East Coast (FEC), including Miami and Titusville.
  • Traffic destined to Miami and Titusville can now be ingated at the associated Union Pacific Intermodal facilities effective immediately.

CSX 

  • CSX Transportation (CSXT) is actively assessing plans based on storm conditions as Hurricane Dorian continues to move up the Southeast Atlantic coast. CSXT's focus continues to be the safety of employees and rapid restoration of service and infrastructure when the weather moderates and conditions begin to improve.
  • In response to the most recent public guidance on evacuation orders and the status of port operations, CSXT is updating intermodal customers on the following actions:
    • The Savannah, GA terminal has reopened to traffic effective immediately.
    • The Charleston, SC terminal will reopen to traffic at 0600 on Friday, September 6.
    • Traffic destined to Charleston, SC and Savannah, GA with reservations associated with the gate cut-off of Friday, September 6 is being accepted at origin terminals.
  • All other CSXT-served terminals continue to maintain normal gate operations. Freight delays are expected for rail traffic moving in and out Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas.
Air
  • The majority of airports in Florida have resumed operations as have Charleston, Myrtle Beach, and Savanah.
  • Wilmington is closed but expected to reopen on Monday.
  • Norfolk closed yesterday (Thursday), but is likely to reopen tomorrow (Saturday).
  • Washington Dulles is open and operational.
  • Primarily domestic flights have been impacted with no major effect on cargo.

We understand this situation continues to evolve. Please do not hesitate to reach out to your local C.H. Robinson team member for additional information.

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