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Trucking is another
casualty of the pandemic
Retirement and driver shortage hits supply chain
There are many steps in our nation’s
supply chains. And trucking companies
play a key role.
According to the American Trucking
Association (ATA), approximately 70%
of consumer goods in the
The United States are transported
But there’s a problem. Like every industry,
trucking companies are having
trouble finding qualified drivers. The
typical driver is 55 years old or older.
And many drivers have been retiring
sooner than expected. Drivers rivers to
be at least 21 years old to get an Interstate
Commercial Drivers Trucking training
schools have shut down so the
pipeline is fairly empty.
How extreme is that shortage?
The ATA estimates that the shortage
of qualified truck drivers sits at over
50,000 and continues to grow. The ATA
believes that the nation may need up
to 900,000 additional drivers to meet
ICAO asks lifting
Air Cargo’s operations are important
Air cargo will play an increasingly
important role in the world’s recovery
from the Covid-19 pandemic and
member states should temporarily
lift restrictions for air cargo operators,
according to Juan Carlos Salaz,
ICAO secretary general.In a webinar
on the future of aviation, Salazar
highlighted the central role air cargo
had played during the pandemic by
transporting PPE, vaccines and consumer
goods. He said that around
the world cargo had gained in importance.
He gave the example of
his home country of Colombia which
handled record volumes of air cargo
last year and added that this is happening
in countries around the world.
“I expect air cargo to play a more and
more important role through the distribution
of the vaccines, for example,
through the recovery of the international
economies — the economies
of various states around the world.
”With this is mind, he urged member
states to follow the Council Aviation
Recovery Taskforce (CART) recommendation
16 that encourages the
implementation of seventh freedom
rights for air cargo.
“Member States are encouraged to
consider the temporary lifting of restrictions
to air cargo operations, including
but not limited to granting extra-bilateral
rights, in particular for all-cargo
services, to foreign airlines to facilitate
the transportation of essential goods,
supplies and Covid-19 vaccines,” the
recommendation published earlier this
year reads.*Seventh freedom rights allow
airlines to fly between countries
that are not their own.