The Weekly Freight Report for March 17th, 2022
The Top Headlines in Freight, Transportation, & Logistics from FLS Transport
Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Here’s this week’s Weekly Freight Report March 17th:
- SNOWY SPRING | See which routes will be covered with tons of snow.
- CHAIN LAWS | Which states have the toughest enforcement and fines?
- PORT LOCKDOWN | Lockdown in China will hurt shippers more than Suez canal blockage.
- HOW MUCH?! | Diesel prices top $6 per gallon.
- WOMEN & TRUCKS | See the list of the top 84 women in trucking.
See which routes will be covered with tons of snow.
Transportation in the Pacific Northwest will be slow as another 1 to 2 feet of snow will cover the mountain passes, and rain downpours in the valleys will flood roads.
The Southeast has a weather system dumping rain on the highways, slowing down travel.
See the highways and roads impacted here.
Which states have the toughest enforcement and fines?
If you drive in snowy conditions, you are well aware of the need for chains, cables, spikes-spiders, retractable studded tires, etc., to stay on the road… and not end up in a ditch or, worse, a wreck. Chain laws vary from state to state, with some states being much tougher than others on enforcement.
Specifics about the chain laws vary from enforcement periods, equipment types, and the all too familiar… fines. In some states, drivers can be fined as much as $1000 in addition to any other penalties they racked up if they cause a wreck or block a road.
To see the top 5 states with the strictest chain laws, click here.
Lockdown in China will hurt shippers more than Suez canal blockage.
Approximately 17 million residents in Shenzhen, China, are required to stay home until Sunday… which means even though vessels are coming into the port, there isn’t anyone there to unload the ships.
If there isn’t anyone at the port, trade comes to a standstill. “The disruptive impact on cargo flows was roughly twice the size of the blockage of the Suez Canal,” said Analyst Lars Jensen of Vespucci Maritime when referencing the Yantian shutdown last year.
Click here to see how this shutdown will impact cargo movement.
Diesel prices top $6 per gallon.
It’s no secret that gas prices are high right now… but these prices are setting new records.
The EIA’s weekly survey showed diesel prices rose everywhere, with California topping the list at $6.264 per gallon.
Prior to this week, the highest price recorded for a gallon of diesel was $4.764 in July of 2008.
Plan ahead and see the prices across the US here.
See the list of the top 84 women in trucking.
The industry is evolving and growing as more and more women enter the trucking and transportation industry.
The Women in Trucking Association (WIT) released a list of the 84 Top Women to Watch in Transportation.
These spectacular women were chosen based on career accomplishments and gender diversity efforts. Their job functions span from corporate management to professional drivers.
Find out why we should keep an eye on them here.
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