Inland Shipper News: June 2022

Posted by Fernando Correa ● Jun 3, 2022 9:00:00 AM

Keeping up with the latest developments throughout the inland shipping industry is challenging. These stories often make a significant impact on shippers. Our focus at Cargobot is to help you stay informed with the most recent news affecting shippers across the country.

Here is an overview of the latest developments impacting the inland shipping industry for June 2022.

1) Rising Diesel Prices Continue to Impact Inland Shipping

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The cost of diesel continues to rise, which puts a major strain on truck drivers. Shipping delays and the constant labor shortage also continue to create many issues. Drivers are also required to pay a fuel tax, as many feel that the industry is over-regulated.

The ever-increasing costs of running a truck driving business constitute a significant challenge for many family-owned businesses. Many fear that these issues will only worsen and make it difficult for companies to remain open.

You can check out the full story at WHSV here.


2) There's a Sudden Surge in Demand for Trucking Jobs

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Trucking jobs experienced the largest one-month surge in demand in almost a decade. Currently, there are 13,000 more trucking jobs available in the United States compared to March.

Many feel that the tight labor market is causing an increase in the need for truckers. Seasonal demand is also increasing the need for truck drivers. Only time will tell if companies can find enough truck drivers to fill these roles.

You can read the entire story at Land Line here.


3) The Federal Ban on Marijuana is Creating Legal Issues for Truckers

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Finding enough drivers to ease the supply chain crisis remains a top priority for the Biden administration. However, a federal ban on the use of marijuana has prevented tens of thousands of drivers from working.

The roadside tests for marijuana can also produce positive results if a driver consumed marijuana more than a month ago. Many drivers don't even return to the industry due to related challenges of getting back on the road. 

You can learn even more by checking out the full story at Politico here.


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