An unusually snowy winter has depleted salt stockpiles in part of the Northeast faster than they can be replenished, creating a salt shortage.
Shipment Of Road Salt From Chile Has Arrived In New Jersey
February 20, 2014

Via NJ.com:

PORT NEWARK — Help has arrived.

A ship laden with road salt arrived in Port Newark this morning from Chile to replenish depleted reserves throughout New Jersey.

The vessel Paquis arrived in Port Newark shortly after 10 a.m. and was waiting to clear customs before starting to off-load its coveted cargo, a process that could take a couple of days, said Mary Kay Warner, marketing manager for International Salt Co.

The ship arrived at least three days before a barge carrying emergency salt supplies from Maine is expected to dock In Port Newark. That barge is carrying salt from a stockpile in Mai...

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