Truckers continue to deal with new challenges due to coronavirus constraints on truck stops and shipper and receiver facilities while the growing demand for medical supplies and consumer essentials continues. In some states, rest stop restaurant dining rooms are closed and takeout food is the only option. Pennsylvania, one of the major shipping lanes connecting the Midwest and the East Coast, shut-down state operated rest stops. This is posing issues for drivers who go through states like Pennsylvania--where rest is critical to ensure driver safety and supply chain efficiency. Due to these concerns, 13 Pennsylvania rest stops will be reopened today.
Truckers are facing a slew of other constraints including:
Lastly, trucking capacity is tightening due to demand to move shipments from manufacturers to retailers and warehouses, as COVID-19 is pushing consumers to deplete stores of supplies. Since February 29, the average spot market rate is up 6.1%.
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