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Update: State of US Domestic Trucking

Dear Valued Customer, 


Pursuant to our previous advisory in January on the state of US domestic trucking following the

implementation of ELD regulations, we continue to observe major strains in the market. The

fundamental issues that plague the industry seem to pose long-term challenges for all stakeholders

that will require sweeping changes. 


According to the American Trucking Association, the US is currently short of 30,000 to 35,000 drivers.

This figure is expected to increase in the coming years.  Additionally, the average age of a commercial

truck driver is 55 years old, as reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This is expected to compound

the driver shortage problem as retiring drivers are not being replaced by new recruits.


The looming April 1st deadline for full ELD installment will likely put further pressure on the climate as non-compliant drivers risk their licenses. Fewer drivers on the road with stricter working hours means

that the trucking operators are becoming more selective about who they do business with.


Another market trend we have noticed in the last quarter is that the national standard for delivery

"free time" is decreasing to one hour from the previous two hour standard. Though "free time" in the

past has not been consistent across trucking companies/markets, the current market trend is slowly

moving towards one hour of loading/unloading time. We expect this may cause additional detention

fees in the near future as the market adjusts to the new norm. 


Please refer to the following tips on how to avoid additional detention charges:



1.    Make sure your facility is prepared and appropriately staffed to load/unload your cargo when

the trucker arrives. Palletizing your cargo whenever possible can help improve loading/unloading



2.    Create your delivery schedule in advance with your trucker or freight forwarder to give your facility

enough time to prepare for the incoming trucker.


3.    Be as flexible as possible when anticipating a drop-off or pick-up. The more flexibility your team

can offer, the more you will be able to save on additional detention costs.


For additional information please refer to the following:


OEC Group is committed to keeping our customers informed on current market conditions and will

continue to monitor the situation as it develops.


Should you have any questions regarding this update, please contact your Sales or Customer Service




Sincerely yours,


OEC Group



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