(Reuters) – The leading truck lobbies in the US and Canada warn that vaccine and test requirements for workers will further disrupt supply chains as there is already a huge shortage of drivers.
The Biden Administration has issued regulations. requires truck drivers in companies with 100 or more employees to be vaccinated or tested weekly, while Canada will require vaccines for truck drivers from January.
More than two-thirds of goods traded between Canada and the United States travel by road and highways. During most of the pandemic, truck drivers crossed the border regularly because they were considered necessary workers to keep supply chains afloat.
“We know that there are already disruptions in the supply chain; this will intensify it, ”says Stephen Laskowski, President and CEO of the Canadian Trucking Alliance, which represents approximately 4,500 carriers.
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“This is not a truck issue. This is an economic issue between Canada and the United States, "Laskowski told Reuters, adding about 70 percent of the $ 650 billion in CAD (507 billion) truck trade between the United States and Canada.
The American Trucking Associations, along with others , is trying to block US President Joe Biden's vaccine mandate in court.
A US appellate court issued a temporary stay last month and blocked the claims. The court found "everything else being equal, a 28-year-old truck driver who spends most of his working day alone in his cab is simply less vulnerable to covid-19 than a 62-year-old prison warden."
The Justice Department has asked another court to dismiss the temporary stay, and a decision can be made as early as mid-December.
Problems in the supply chain caused by the pandemic have contributed to inflation in both countries rising to decades high.
"Given the nature of our industry and the composition of our workforce, it (could) have devastating effects on the supply chain and the economy," said ATA President and CEO Chris Spear in a statement.
In written comments submitted to Labor. Department, ATA said that the country's car companies could lose up to 37% of their drivers to "retirement, departure to smaller carriers and / or conversion to independent contractor owners-operators."