The Weekly Freight Report for September 29th, 2022
The Top Headlines in Freight, Transportation, & Logistics from FLS Transportation Services
This week’s report covers Hurricane Ian’s devastation and impacts on Florida’s supply chain. Top freight news includes a non-profit trucking organization delivering disaster relief, a pipeline attack, USPS consolidation to save on costs, and Canada lifting all Covid-19 vaccine requirements to cross the border.
- IAN’S DEVASTATION | How long will it take for the supply chain to recover from Hurricane Ian’s devastation?
- ROOM TO SPARE? | Trucking non-profit organization mobilizes to deliver disaster-relief supplies.
- PIPELINE ATTACK | What impact could the sabotage of the Nord Stream Pipeline have on global gas prices and supply?
- USPS CONSOLIDATION | What is the USPS planning to do to reduce costs and save money?
- LIFTING RESTRICTIONS | Canada lifts Covid-19 vaccination requirements to cross the border.
IAN’S DEVASTATION | How long will it take for the supply chain to recover from Hurricane Ian’s devastation?
The first priority after the storm is helping ensure the resident’s safety, then getting infrastructure back online, clearing debris, repairing damage…
This recovery process is long, and these weather events have a devastating impact on the lives of residents, industries, economies, and supply chains across North America.
Citrus. Cotton. Tobacco. Automotive. Chemicals. Electronics. Aerospace. Marine terminals. Rail terminals. Distribution centers. Entertainment. Construction.
-2,800 manufacturing firms
-7,000 healthcare and producers
-4,500 warehouses, distribution centers, and factories
-70% of US citrus crops
The above is a short list of the industries Hurricane Ian will hit hard as it travels across Florida and the Southeast.
Predictions say it would take months to get the supply chain back to normal in Florida. To see the complete list and the recovery plans, click here.
ROOM TO SPARE? | Trucking non-profit organization mobilizes to deliver disaster-relief supplies.
Are you interested in helping those impacted by Hurricane Ian?
Shelli Conaway-Waugh, a 30-year trucking veteran, is already rallying the troops to get supplies on the way to Florida after Hurricane Ian passes and search and rescue efforts are over.
She runs a non-profit group called Trucks with Room to Spare.
Truckers with Room to Spare works with several organizations, truckers, and donors, to provide disaster-relief assistance to the hardest hit areas of natural disasters.
In addition to supplies, people donate available space on their trucks to haul a few pallets of supplies, equipment to move the supplies, driving time, and much more. Click here to learn more about Trucks with Room to Spare.
PIPELINE ATTACK | What impact could the sabotage of the Nord Stream Pipeline have on global gas prices and supply?
On Monday, three areas of the Nord Stream Pipeline were attacked, causing leaks and essentially disabling the structure.
This pipeline supplies energy between Russian and western Europe.
The EU has not named a potential perpetrator but has promised to protect its energy networks. Learn more about this attack and its impact on global energy supplies here.
USPS CONSOLIDATION | What is the USPS planning to do to reduce costs and save money?
The USPS plans to consolidate 21% of its delivery units into large-scale sorting and delivery centers to curb transportation costs.
The goal is to streamline operations and reduce the facility footprint over five years.
The USPS must cut costs as it has posted $87 billion in losses from 2007 through 2020.
Starting this fall, the USPS will begin using its first sorting and delivery facility in Athens, GA, with plans to open 100 more locations around the US. Which cities will see these consolidated distribution centers popping up? Find out here.
LIFTING RESTRICTIONS | Canada lifts Covid-19 vaccination requirements to cross the border.
Thanks to so many vaccinated individuals, the Canadian government is lifting the Covid-19 vaccination requirements at the border.
Effective October 1, all travelers will be free of all Covid-19 protocols, including showing proof of vaccination, pre-arrival testing, on-arrival testing, or reporting symptoms after arriving in Canada.
This action will hopefully positively impact drivers returning to moving freight across the border. Will the US reciprocate in lifting restrictions? Learn more here.
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