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Colonial Pipeline Service Advisory

As we navigate an already tight supply and demand market coming off road check week, we anticipate an even more constrained market based on the Colonial Pipeline outage and temporary closing of the I-40 Hernando DeSoto bridge in Memphis. Currently, we see additional tightness in the Southeast and East Coast markets with a possible ripple effect across the country. As your trusted transportation and logistics provider, we wanted to provide an update on these issues so that you can adequately prepare your supply chain. 

Colonial Pipeline Cyberattack 

On May 7, the Colonial Pipeline, which supplies a large percentage of the nation’s fuel on the East Coast, was taken offline to contain a ransomware attack that threatened the security of its operations and IT systems. Efforts to restore the pipeline continue to progress, and Colonial has taken extra measures to ensure the pipeline’s security and that inventory is replenished as best as possible.

Although we cannot currently predict the full impact of this event, J.B. Hunt is working closely with major fuel suppliers to understand the impact of the outage and ensure that resources are available. As one of the largest company-owned fleets in North America, J.B. Hunt works with the nation’s leading diesel distributors to secure fuel, and they are taking every possible measure to maintain supply at stations across the country.   

I-40 Hernando DeSoto Bridge Closure

On May 11, the Tennessee Department of Transportation reported that a crack was found in the I-40 bridge in Memphis, Tenn. All traffic has since been rerouted to I-55, resulting in excessive out-of-route miles and extensive delays. At this time, the Tennessee DOT has not provided an ETA for restoration and the bridge’s reopening.       

Summary

We believe further service disruptions are likely to happen across the entire supply chain as drivers deal with the impact of fuel accessibility. We will continue to work through what is a very fluid market over the coming days.  

Ensuring the continuity and efficiency of operations is priority when unforeseen disruptions challenge the supply chain. We will continue monitoring these situations and providing updates to help prevent service interruptions and reduce delays. Customer service is extremely important to us, and we apologize for the inconvenience these incidents have caused. Your customer representative will be in contact to discuss freight that these conditions might impact.