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What Effect is COVID-19 Having on the Trucking Industry?

The COVID-19 pandemic will have far-reaching affects on the trucking industry as well as numerous industries we provide tie down straps for. No other event in American history has had such a far-reaching impact on every facet of the economy and every industry. We will only know the true impact in retrospect. This page is an attempt to gather together various resources regarding trucking and transportation and COVID-19

Truck drivers are essential to keeping medical equipment, food supplies, fuel, and nearly every necessity readily available. Without these truckers keeping the supply chain efficiently running, everyone would suffer greatly. Thus, trucker assoication officials have sent an important letter to President Trump to warn that supply chains could be in jeopardy. Drivers must be kept safe and provided with all the resources needed to keep healthy and operating.

Disinfecting Synthetic Tie Down Straps and Slings

The Web Sling & Tie Down Association (WSTDA) has released a statement about disenfecting synthetic tie down straps and slings. According to WSTDA, there is no "proven way to disinfect synthetic slings and tie downs that will prevent the transmission of the COVID-19 virus or that will ensure or certify the absence of the COVID-19 virus once the slings have been disinfected". There is no solid understanding of how long the virus can survive on inanimate objects. Several studies are available yet offer sometimes conflicting results in this regard.

"Washing slings and tie downs is expressly prohibited in the voluntary consensus standards promulgated by the WSTDA." Our manufacturing facility follows strict cleaning processes to ensure the health and safety of our employees, suppliers, and customers.

CVSA International Roadcheck

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) announced that International Roadcheck, originally set for May 5th thru 7th, has been postponed. No official date has been set.

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)

The FMCSA has a page of information regarding COVID-19. This includes important information about cross-border transportation as well as hours of service changes.

FTR State of the Freight

FTR Transportation Intelligence has created a consistently updated "State of the Freight" page for COVID-19 information. This incredibly valuable resource gathers together various unbiased information about how this unprecented virus has affected economy and transporation markets. This information includes forecasting models, PDFs, podcasts, webinars, and more. The page also includes expert commentary and archived information as new data gets updated. All of this information is being provided at no cost.

FTR provides an interactive "Impact Heatmap" that lets you see rate changes for four types of freight: dry van, refrigerated, flatbed, and specialized. This allows you to quickly see what states have seen increases or decreases in truck spot rates. The heatmaps use data from Truckstop.com and compares typical economical and seasonal data with the current situation.

Example of FTR Interactive Impact Heatmap

American Trucking Associations Covid-19 Coverage

The ATA created a COVID-19 Update Hub to serve member and industry stakeholders "with timely, fact-based information to answer frequently asked questions and address common challenges that arise from the pandemic and national response". This page offers up-to-date news on the challenge the trucking industry is facing with the coronavirus.

Overdrive COVID-19 Trucking Coverage

Overdrive has created a wonderful, often-updated page about coronavirus. These articles highlight many of the difficulties truckers are facing during this pandemic. Some of these articles underscore the problems individual truckers face when accepting loads during this time of uncertainty. Companies are closing down and canceling loads. Fuel prices are dropping.

Check back often as Overdrive has always provided a great deal of timely trucking information

Trailer Body Builders

Trailer Body Builders has a steady pulse on trailer manufacturing news. Their coronavirus coverage has been steady and excellent. Although much of the news is disheartening, it is vital to stay up-to-date on what affects COVID-19 is having on the trucking industry.

Some Trailer Body Builders Articles Worth a Read

CV production to fall to Great Recession levels: FTR

NATM takes steps to educate members on COVID-19

The North American Trailer Dealers Association (NATDA)

NATDA has a growing list of COVID-19 resources. These are especially useful for small businesses that have been hit the hardest from the pandemic.

As of April 8th, 2020, the NATDA trade show is still on. It is scheduled for September 2-4, 2020 in Nashville, Tennessee.

The National Association of Trailer Manufacturers (NATM)

NATM has a six-page PDF resource guide regarding COVID-19. This file has a lot of resources and links including what the government is trying to do to mitigate the economic damage coronavirus has inflicted.

The NATM trade show is scheduled for February 23-25, 2021 in Nashville, Tennessee. Trailer Safety Week is set for June 7-13, 2020 but subject to change.

Great American Trucking Show (GATS) {Canceled}

As of April 30, 2020, GATS has now been canceled for 2020. The show was scheduled for August 27-29, 2020 in Dallas, Texas.