Let Overhaul provide you with the latest information affecting the throughput of cargo during the COVID-19 pandemic. We will strive to keep you updated on all further developments.
- Supply chain operations throughout the U.S. are functioning, some at a reduced scale. There are no reported closings of freight-related businesses.
- More non-critical manufacturers in the U.S. are starting to shut down operations as a result of state and local mandates.
- FMCSA has expanded the list of products covered under the Hours of Service waiver to include raw materials, packaging, and fuel for critical shipments.
- Freight crossing the U.S./Mexico and U.S./Canada border continues to flow without major delays. The only city reported to be restricting specific cargo movement is New York City.
- All major truck stop companies are reporting that they are 100% open. Some locations are indicating a reduction in food service options, as they adhere to local requirements. All locations are providing food take-out options.
- An increase in cargo theft rates is being reported, as criminal groups look to take advantage of disrupted operations.
- As states start to move towards “Stay at Home”, preparations need to be made for shipments in route that cannot be delivered and will be left stranded.
- Miami and Los Angeles seaports are reporting reduced operations due to some depots closing. However, all other major U.S. seaports are reporting normal operations.
- Capacity for sea cargo moving to Asia is severely constrained.
- Capacity for air cargo moving from the U.S. to Europe and the Middle East is severely constrained.
- There are increasing restrictions on some border crossings in Eastern Europe, as more countries implement health checks for drivers.
- Global sea ports are implementing restrictions for ships that have recently visited countries with high rates of COVID-19.
- Some states within India have closed their borders for all traffic, including freight. This will force trucks to sit on the side of roads for the entire three-week lockdown.
- The lockdown of India (including factories) will have effects on global pharmaceutical operations, as India is a large producer of pharmaceutical raw materials.
- While European freight transportation infrastructure is operational, moderate delays and disruptions in many countries (primarily at the last mile delivery points) are likely.
- There is concern that the downturn in freight movement across Europe will cause many trucking companies into bankruptcy, as most trucking operators don’t have the financial resources to weather a prolonged disruption.
- Airports are operating across Europe, but with reduced capacity due to manpower shortages.
- European border crossings are open. Some are reporting delays as a result of driver health checks.
- Some European countries have reduced the number of open border crossings.
- China’s manufacturing and logistics operations are on the rebound and expected to be fully operational by the end of March.
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