The Midwest region has yet to recover from the economic downturn, but improvement is expected as U.S. ports and logistics providers along all three coasts compete for customers transporting goods to these inland destinations, according to an article in the January February Food Logistics.
The Midwest region was one of the hardest hit in the economy’s downturn, and it’s also been one of the slowest to recover. The same challenges that plague the logistics industry nationwide – container shortages, lack of rail capacity and truck driver shortages – continue to hurt the Midwest too. But while the coasts, big cities and population centers have seen recovery over the years, the rural areas of the Midwest region haven’t been as lucky.
But the landscape is about to change.
There’s little doubt the Midwest region will become a major battleground in upcoming years as U.S. ports and logistics providers along all three coasts compete for customers transporting goods to these inland destinations.
Anticipating these opportunities, many areas of the Midwest region have prepared for the potential increase in container traffic, from all directions, with infrastructure upgrades to highways, inland ports and railroads throughout the region. But challenges remain.
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