The trucking industry is coming down from its pandemic boom

Jul 5, 2022
Many independent drivers are starting to see lower rates and increased fuel costs, says Lewie Pugh, executive vice president of the Owner-Operator Independent Driver Association.
Many independent truck drivers are starting to see lower rates and increased fuel costs, says Lewie Pugh, Executive Vice President of the Owner-Operator Independent Driver Association.
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More supply chain woes likely when China eases its COVID lockdowns

Apr 18, 2022
Goods sitting idle in warehouses or containers will head to the U.S., though many companies have adapted to shortages.
China's most recent lockdowns have reduced shipments and eased the stress on tight supply chains, but sooner or later, high volumes of goods will flow again.
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There's more free capacity on trucks. That means supply chains may be loosening.

Apr 15, 2022
Fewer goods coming from China during its lockdown and more trucking companies have helped.
China's recent lockdowns of ports and manufacturing hubs have slowed imports to the U.S., giving the supply chain a chance to catch up.
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What might Canada's vaccine border mandate mean for the economy?

Jan 10, 2022
Some in the trucking industry say the mandate may exacerbate its current worker shortage.
A new vaccine requirement for drivers to cross the U.S.-Canada border could compound labor shortages among long-haul truckers and worsen other supply chain issues.
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Does trucking have to become a better job to end the driver shortage?

Oct 27, 2021
Parking and pay are among the biggest frustrations of truck drivers.
Despite the incentives offered by trucking companies, not nearly enough people want to become drivers.
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How a container storage yard fits into our global shipping crunch

Oct 27, 2021
Some containers have been sitting in storage for years. Experts say the problem has more to do with moving them to the right places than increasing the number in circulation.
Sales manager Carlos Carrillo at ConGlobal Industries' container storage depot. After unloading, he said, "they terminate here before they go out back to China or wherever it may be.”
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How can trucking companies get more drivers on the road?

Jun 1, 2021
“COVID has shown Americans the importance of the trucking profession,” said Darrel Harris, president of Yellow Corp.
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Truckers are in short supply. Drug testing doesn't help.

Jan 4, 2021
Drivers are retiring, while the pandemic and new drug-test data sharing are keeping many from joining the ranks.
Trucks drive past stacked containers at the Port of Los Angeles. The industry is having problems recruiting and retaining enough qualified drivers.
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How trucking offers clues about where the economy’s headed

Aug 28, 2020
Trucking volume offers a glimpse into consumer demand today, and what that demand might look like down the road.
Container trucks arrive at the Port of Los Angeles. Import transportation companies are doing better than most during COVID-19.
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There's already a shortage of big-rig truck drivers, and the pandemic may make it worse

Apr 10, 2020
Many DMVs and driver-training schools are closed, making it impossible for new drivers to get behind the wheel.
The global COVID-19 pandemic has only made it harder to fill a truck driver shortage.
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