The US trucking industry is facing a growing shortage of qualified drivers.
These challenges are impacting the cargo delivery in a timely and effective manner.
Delays due to adverse weather are also increasing pressure on the already-streched market, resulting in a longer recovery time.
We’ve outlined some of the key challenges contributing to the current situation:
- new “Electronic Log Device” (ELDs) - Federal mandate requiring commercial trucks to be equipped with electronic logging devices, or ELDs, which will monitor the time drivers spend on the road to help ensure that they don't go over the maximum number of hours they're allowed to drive;
- congestion at terminal and rail ramps has further limited maximum productivity during drivers’ work hours;
- increased street dwell has reduced chassis availability;
- space constraints have led to U.S. rail ramps limiting free time allowances;
- an overall increased risk for demurrage, storage, and detention due to capacity shortages.
This situation is generating an upward pressure on drayage rates.
We would like to take this opportunity to say thank you for your support and rest assure we will continue to actively monitor the situation and provide timely updates with your delivery.