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18 The Journal of Commerce | May 14 2018 Top North American Ports Special Report Working on the railroads infrastructure to increase their intermodal reach into markets in the US Midwest traditionally served by West Coast ports. Those e orts took on greater urgency in June 2016 with the completion of the Panama Canal expansion that allowed ships of up to 14,000 TEU to pass through the waterway. That fueled the shift of Asia imports to the East Coast, with US southeastern ports enjoying the fruit of constructing intermodal inland ports By Ari Ashe THE PORT OF Charleston is making a strong push to provide benefi cial cargo owners (BCOs) more inter- modal options, nearly doubling its rail share among the four largest US East Coast ports, as Savannah works to rapidly expand its options, too. As East Coast ports have gained Asia import market share, they have been rushing to build rail

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