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Port of Baltimore welcomes diverted shipments from other ports – CBS Baltimore

BALTIMORE (WJZ) – The supply chain nightmare continues for people across the country as the busiest shopping season of the year is upon us.

However, William Doyle, chief executive officer of the Baltimore Port Authority, said the Port of Baltimore is pulling its own weight and that of other companies across the country.

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“It’s nothing, we’re the best,” Doyle told WJZ. “There’s no one on the East Coast better than the Port of Baltimore in every commodity.”

Shoppers don’t know who to blame for the supply chain crisis, but they’re seeing higher prices at gas stations and stores. They have also seen their shipments delayed.

It is a source of increased frustration for many families. Bernice Brown-Wiggins said she wishes she had started holiday shopping earlier.

“I am waiting for five or six packages since October, and when I track them by tracking, it just says, ‘in transit,” she said. “So, where’s my package?”

The Port of Baltimore was an escape route for ships that have been diverted from their original destination, including a train carrying 1,800 Mercedes-Benz cars.

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The boom in activity follows a major contingencies at the port last month.

Chopper 13 caught the traffic jam outside the port in early November, port congestion due to higher-than-normal cargo volumes. That congestion also disappeared from there.

Doyle estimates the port handles about 2,000 shipments a year, although that total has increased this year due to backlogs at inland ports on the West Coast.

“We have had 26 ships as of July 2020 with no plans to come to the Port of Baltimore,” he said. “They had to go to the Port of Baltimore to get the cargo off the ship and into the commerce.”

About 15,000 employees are involved in keeping the port running like a well-oiled machine. Doyle credits their hard work for the port’s recent success.

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“(Cargo) does not sit on the train,” he said. “It doesn’t sit on the dock.”

https://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2021/12/14/port-of-baltimore-welcomes-cargo-shipments-diverted-from-other-ports/ Port of Baltimore welcomes diverted shipments from other ports – CBS Baltimore

JOE HERNANDEZ

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