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US Cross-Border Freight Normalizes In November 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic hit a lot of industries across the world hard, and, in spite of the increased demand for logistics due to the e-commerce boom, the US’s trucking industry also hit a rough patch. Companies like Titan Transline have been forced to make some serious changes to keep up, but recovery doesn’t look too far off.

Data from the Bureau of Transportation Statistics shows that the country’s cross-border increase streak ended in 2020 thanks to the pandemic, bringing numbers closer to what they were before the COVID-19 outbreak hit.

According to the BTS’s data, US cross-border freight in November 2020 went down by 3.2% compared to the same month in the prior year. This followed a similar 4.7% drop in October and a 4.9% decrease in September.

This resulted in the numbers getting closer to what they were before the pandemic, as well as the lowest-year-to-year drops since the North American freight industry got hit by the COVID-19 pandemic in March, which is a good sign for the industry as it adapts to the changes the pandemic brought about.

Freight across national borders in North America dropped by at least 6% in November, compared with October, which saw a 6% monthly increase. April 2020 saw the biggest monthly drop in the industry’s history, with a 41% decline. Notably, in June 2020, the industry saw a monthly increase of 46%, one of the highest in record.

The 3.5% drop in November is the first time in May when the North American freight industry saw a decline. Historically, cross-border freight sees a seasonal dip around the month of November. Decreases in the prior years have generally been bigger, around the 7-8%, making this drop smaller in comparison.

For the year 2019, cross-border freight in North America saw a 0.8% drop compared to 2018, with 63% of all of that moved around by trucks. Out of $96bn of freight that was transported in the month of November, trucks transported $63bn of all of that, which a 7.5% drop from October, but a >1% compared with November 2019.

Monthly, Canada truck freight saw a drop of 5%, while Mexico saw a drop of 9%. The top commodities that were transported were computers and relevant parts, motor vehicles and parts, as well plastics, electrical components, and measuring instruments.

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The Challenges Faced By Logistics And Trucking Providers In Covid-19 Vaccine Distribution

Trucking and logistics providers will once again rise to the occasion in the distribution of the Covid-19 vaccine across the whole of North America. Federal officials have laid out the complex requirements of distributing millions of doses of vaccine from the drug manufacturers to locations across the country. Vaccines must be handled and transported without delay through temperature-controlled facilities and equipment.

Delivering billions of doses of vaccine has to be done in the most efficient way possible. It will involve complex logistical and programmable obstacles along the supply chain. Cooperation must be facilitated among governments, vaccine manufacturers and logistics and trucking providers. While there are still lots of unknowns like the number of doses, sensitivities to temperature, manufacturing locations, etc. it is predicted that the scale of activities will be overwhelmingly vast.

There are priorities that logistics and trucking providers must be prepare for like the availability of temperature-controlled facilities and equipment, availability of trained staff who can handle the time-sensitive vaccines and monitoring and tracking capabilities that will ensure the integrity of the vaccines.

Vaccines are undoubtedly valuable commodities and strict arrangements must be made to ensure that shipments will be secure and safe from tampering and theft. Logistics and trucking providers must have proper processes in place for the potential volume of vaccines that must be shipped across borders. The transport of vaccine must be given priority upon arrival at ports and terminals to prevent possible temperature excursions due to delays.

The potential size of deliveries will be quite enormous. The logistics and trucking industry will be facing one of the biggest challenges ever. While vaccines will be delivered through cargo aircraft, there must be land transport with temperature-controlled facilities that will bring the vaccine to their destination. On top of the transport preparations, governments must also consider the diminished cargo capacities of global air transport due to the coronavirus pandemic.

One of the services that Titan Transline is proud to offer is temperature-controlled transport options for items that require cooling or heating through state-of-the-art freight equipment. Insulated reefers will guarantee that a product will retain its high quality throughout the entire shipping journey.

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The History Of The Flatbed Trailers

It is very likely that you have seen a flatbed truck because they have been around for a long time. The fact is, flatbed trucking is the best option to move large and heavy equipment and materials. The design of flatbed trailers that you see on the highways is based on the principles of Winton Motor Company that put it work 120 years ago.

The Winton Motor Carriage Company of Cleveland, Ohio was a pioneer in the trucking industry. The company built its first truck in 1898 which was capable of carrying cargo through an attached trailer. It was a semi-trailer, not an 18-wheeler but it was able to perform its job. Soon after, companies offered to buy Winton’s truck-trailer combination.

The flatbed trailer or removable goosenecks (RGN) is based on the original design of Winton Motor Company. The principle was adapted by the travel industry in their haul camping trailers. While Winton is credited for the semi-truck design, August Charles Fruehauf, a blacksmith from Detroit took the design to a new level in 1914.

Fruehauf designed a new model that can be used to haul lumber. In 1918, the Fruehauf trailer company was born and remained to be a leading trailer company for more than a century. When the United States sent 2 million troops overseas to fight in World War I, they travelled with the Winton and Fruehauf-designed semi-trucks. The performance of the semi-trucks on the battlefield resulted to widespread adoption after the war.

During the Second World War, Mack became the workhorse vehicle of the US troops. More than 35,000 Mack trucks were deployed to assist in the war efforts. On the home front, the semi-trucks were used for freight hauling. Eventually, the semi-trucks took over 70% of freight delivery in the United States.  The trucks that were used during the First and Second World Wars still exist as subsidiaries of parent companies.

Today, flatbed trucking plays a vital role in delivering the needs of the US economy. Flatbeds are the best option in moving building materials, oil containers and drums, construction equipment and manufacturing components. Loading and unloading is easy because there is no roof or sides.