Carriers, shippers working to meet demand for freight hauling

From Transport Topics.

Carriers and shippers are adjusting to an environment where rising freight rates and a driver shortage are bumping up against an expected drop in capacity now that soft enforcement for truck drivers to record their on-duty status using electronic logging devices has ended, compelling the industry to work hard to prevent disruption in the movement of goods.

With demand for freight hauling already exceeding the supply of trucks, any loss of capacity could cause added delays and higher freight rates, said Mike Regan, an industry consultant who works with shippers and carriers to promote collaboration and who hosted a webinar with shipper and carrier executives on the topic in late March.

“What we’re seeing is entirely predictable,” he said.

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