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U.S. Domestic Trucking Facing Challenges

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January 31, 2018

Domestic trucking in the U.S. is currently facing significant challenges. Here are some of the hurdles that the trucking sector is currently working to overcome:

  • The new ELD (Electronic Logging Device) rule which went into effect December 18th, 2017
     
  • Chassis shortages continue to pose issues as time goes by. The new ELD mandate is putting a further strain on this, as drivers have more pre-pulls and layovers, causing delays in empty containers and chassis being returned back to the rail.
     
  • Reduced driver workforce and limited availability of specialty drivers
     
  • Restricted free time and longer wait times for drivers at the rail yard.
     
  • Limited hours of service that lead to additional pre-pull requirements and possible driver lay-overs for long distance deliveries.
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Federal regulators say the new ELD mandate will ensure that truckers comply with a federal hours-of-service rule. The rule limits driving to no more than 11 hours a day within a 14-hour workday. Drivers must then be off duty for 10 consecutive hours. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration estimates that ELDs will prevent 1,844 crashes, 562 injuries and save 26 lives annually by keeping tired truckers off the road. Switching to electronic logs also is expected to eliminate more than $1.6 billion in paperwork costs for motor carriers and law enforcement agencies reviewing drivers’ logs, according to the FMCSA. The estimated cost to implement ELDs is approximately $2 billion.

Farrow U.S. is working diligently with our trucking partners to address this situation and is taking the following steps to alleviate some of the strain these challenges present:

  • We are working pro-actively to coordinate moves as effectively and timely as possible.
     
  • We are continuously adding new trucking companies and exploring alternate delivery options.
     
  • We are monitoring trucking moves on a constant basis, to stay as informed as possible and provide the best service possible.
     

Farrow is working diligently, to monitor these ongoing situations and are committed to finding the most cost-effective solutions possible. We will continue to provide relevant updates as this issue progresses. 

 


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