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U.S. Shutdown Poses Risk of ‘Truck Misery’ on Border Delays

  • A protracted shutdown could boost freight rates, CEO says
  • Outlook would add to hurdles for shippers facing tariffs
Freight trucks, as seen from a helicopter, snake from Mexico into California as they are inspected at U.S. Customs at the Otay Mesa port of entry on May 11, 2017 in San Diego, California. 
Photographer: John Moore/Getty Images
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A protracted government shutdown threatens to add backups at U.S. borders that would boost freight rates, adding to costs for consumers and commodity shippers already coping with tariffs, according to the chief of a logistics firm.

The government closure is already the longest on record, with few signs that a breakthrough is imminent in the stalemate. Some airport security lanes were closed as the Transportation Security Administration grappled with absenteeism, and concern is mounting that similar backups will grow at checkpoints on highways and ports.