COVID-19 and Trucking

COVID-19 and Trucking: Industry News for July 6

Selected COVID-19 and trucking industry news that may impact your business.

As of July 6, 2020:

Canadian Border Officials Collecting Truckers’ Personal Information

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Commercial drivers crossing the border into Canada at some border checkpoints are being asked by Canadian officials to divulge personal email addresses and cell phone numbers. The requests for personal contact information are part of a new initiative to track travelers entering Canada to slow the spread of COVID-19. Read More

‘The growth is exponential’ — Florida and Texas report surge of coronavirus cases over Fourth of July


Florida and Texas faced a surge of coronavirus cases over the Fourth of July holiday weekend, as state and local governments across the Sunbelt struggled to gain the upper hand over outbreaks that were spiraling out of control and threatened to overwhelm hospital systems. Read More

Truck orders begin to climb as freight volumes improve


North American Class 8 net orders last month reached 15,500 units, according to preliminary data released Friday by FTR, cracking the 10,000 unit mark for the first time since February. June’s tally was up 130% from May and jumped 20% year-over-year. Class 8 net orders for the last 12 months total 158,000 units. Read More

Per-mile spot rates jumped and trucking added 8,100 jobs in June’s economic uptick


Though the surge in coronavirus cases entering July threatens to stall the recent recovery momentum of the U.S. economy, data points in so far for June relative to trucking show strength. Total employment in the for-hire trucking industry rose by 8,100 jobs in the month, according to the Department of Labor’s preliminary Employment Situation Report for June. That builds on May’s gains of 2,000, which followed a massive loss in April — 92,000 jobs on a seasonally adjusted basis, according to the DOL. Read More

Trump signs PPP extension, program lives until August 8


The Paycheck Protection Program has life until August 8. Late on Saturday, July 4, President Donald Trump signed an extension of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) into law, according to the White House. The signing comes after both the Senate and then the House passed an extension of PPP via unanimous consent votes. Read More

Pandemic prompts DHL to beef up expedited LCL services

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Transport and logistics giant DHL said it has upgraded its time-definite less-than-containerload (LCL) sea freight delivery service as supply chain demands arising from the coronavirus pandemic push it to offer fast-cycle global shipping alternatives to expensive airfreight. Read More

Is Density Related to COVID-19 Infection Rates? These Experts Say No

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Density is not related to confirmed COVID-19 infection rates, according to a study from a team of public health and planning experts and discussed during a webinar hosted by the Eno Center for Transportation on July 1. Read More

Tips for the workplace during the coronavirus crisis


Whether a company was deemed essential and has been working through the COVID-19 pandemic or businesses are just now starting back up, there are a number of measures that need to be taken to maintain a safe workplace. Read More

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