Pandemic lengthens US truck driver delays, detention

Long waiting and unloading times are becoming more frequent at shipping and receiving sites, creating backups at gates and docks and hampering delivery of essential items during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, motor carriers and logistics executives say.

While difficult to quantify, truck drivers and logistics and carrier executives have said detention is worsening at some customers and consignees. That’s partly because of labor shortages and partly because of visitor and employee temperature checks, COVID-19 forms, and other steps companies are taking to safeguard their workplaces and employees during the pandemic.

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