Announcement Number: CN2012-37
Categories: All Customer News
Posted Date: August 30, 2012
To Our Customers,
Union Pacific is currently assessing our rail infrastructure in the areas impacted by Hurricane Isaac. Crews have begun inspecting track, signal work and rail facilities across a widespread area spanning all points between Beaumont, Texas, Shreveport and New Orleans, La. Additionally, materials have been positioned throughout the area to aid in any necessary recovery efforts.
Effective immediately, Union Pacific has issued a new embargo for all Rail Security Sensitive Materials (RSSM) shipments billed via the New Orleans interchange. The embargo for all Rail Security Sensitive Materials (RSSM) shipments that originate or terminate between Beaumont, Texas and New Orleans and between Baton Rouge, La., and New Orleans has been lifted. The embargo for all shipments to and from the New Orleans area remains in effect.
For a current list of embargoes, please refer to the embargo (http://www.uprr.com/customers/embargo/list.shtml) section of the Union Pacific website. Customers with questions about shipments into and out of the New Orleans area and other embargoed areas should contact the National Customer Center at 1-800-272-8777.
Union Pacific operations personnel continue to work with CSXT and NS to reroute traffic normally interchanged at New Orleans to the Memphis gateway.
Customers with traffic scheduled through the New Orleans gateway should anticipate 24- to 48-hour delays as shipments are rerouted. We will continue to provide updates as more information becomes available.