Plywood veneer imports could feel impact of Baltimore bridge collapse

BALTIMORE – With the collapse of a key bridge currently at the Port of Baltimore, speculation is mounting as to the effect it’ll have on the supply chain.

The port will be closed to containers indefinitely, with Maryland Transportation Secretary Paul Wiedefeld saying all vessel targeted visitors into and out of the port will be suspended right up until further see. The facility is still open to trucks, however.

“This is a significant disaster and will create significant issues on the U.S. East Coast for U.S. importers and exporters,” wrote Lars Jensen, CEO of Vespucci Maritime, on LinkedIn. “The bridge collapse will imply that for the time currently being it will not be doable to get to the container terminals – or a selection of the other port terminals – in Baltimore. This is some 21,000 TEUs for every week that now have to be routed by other ports in the location. Additionally, this indicates the cargo already gated into the Baltimore terminals would have to either wait around an unidentified time period for the sea lane to reopen, or be gated again out and shifted to a different port.”

Various important suppliers are known to use the port, in accordance to CNBC, such as Residence Depot, Bob’s Home furniture, Ikea and Amazon.

The Port of Baltimore is modest compared with lots of of its counterparts. The port rated 17th in the state in whole tonnage entering and leaving in 2021, in accordance to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics’ 2024 report to Congress, shifting 37 million tons of cargo. In 2023, according to the Maryland authorities web site, the port ranked ninth for equally full greenback worth and tonnage of international cargo, at 52.3 million tons.

In the fourth quarter of past 12 months, it moved 265,000 containers, according to Jensen. That is compared with 2 million containers moved about the identical interval by the Port of New York.

But regardless of its sizing, it has dominance over specific specific imported and exported products. In 2023, the port rated to start with in the nation for managing cars, light vans, farm and construction products, as nicely as imported sugar and gypsum. Best imports have been cars and light vans, salt, paper/paperboard, gypsum and plywood/veneer/particleboard, in accordance to the federal government internet site. Prime exports were coal, liquefied all-natural gasoline, wastepaper, ferrous scrap and cars/gentle vehicles.

Plywood veneer is certainly notable for the home furnishings and woodworking industries. In January of this 12 months, the port moved far more than 62,000 container tons of forest merchandise, in accordance to the federal government internet site. That’s the biggest volume moved because August 2023.

Far East American is a single company to import hardwood plywood primarily through Baltimore. The organization imports slender panel plywood from Indonesia, China, Russia and other countries to be utilized in the setting up industry, cupboard marketplace and for large specialty producers, according to its web site. Merchandise relocating through Baltimore include things like Russian birch and Chinese uncooked and prefinished plywood panels.

China Emburg Plywood is yet another enterprise to use the port, importing plywood, film faced plywood and melamine boards to the U.S. marketplace.

In 2020, important international forest product or service supplier Metsä Team signed a deal with the port. For every the settlement, Metsä leased 797,980 square ft of warehousing room at two of the port’s terminals, an increase of much more than 300,000 square ft – or additional than 60% – in comparison with its past deal signed in 2016.

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