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Foreign truck drivers must be vaccinated to enter the United States from January 22nd

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The Department of Homeland Security will be fully vaccinated with COVID-19 from 22 January, especially for travelers entering the United States at land entry points along the Canadian-Mexico border, and at ferry terminals that are not US citizens. Announced that it is necessary.

This requirement takes effect at 12:00 am that day and does not apply to US drivers. However, Canada and Mexico have similar regulations that affect US drivers (including truck drivers) traveling across national borders.

The DHS announcement was announced late January 20th and was what the trucking industry expected, said Bob Costello, chief economist at the American Trucking Associations.

“It applies to all Canadian and Mexican drivers,” he said. “I’m not too worried about Mexican drivers, that is, Mexican Drage drivers. They are vaccinated at a fairly high rate. If you’re a Canadian driver, go home to return home. To return, you need to be fully vaccinated, so if you haven’t been vaccinated, they won’t be here. “

In a letter to ATA members, Costello outlined some of the details.

“Foreign drivers need to prove evidence that they are fully vaccinated, as outlined by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,” he said. “Complete vaccination is acceptable vaccination that requires two vaccinations that are acceptable two weeks before entry into the United States, or only one vaccination, such as the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, two weeks before entry into the United States. It means a single vaccination, “Costello said. .. “There are no test requirements to enter the United States, but people with symptoms may be referred to the CDC for medical evaluation.”

January 15 Canada Vaccine mandates have begun to be enforced at border crossings It was aimed at foreign truck drivers trying to enter the country. Unvaccinated Canadian drivers are allowed to return to their home countries, but must follow strict re-entry protocols, including a compulsory 14-day quarantine period.

For weeks, truck industry insiders have expressed concern that cross-border vaccine requirements can impact supply chains that are already stressed.

Costello said there were some additional truck shortage case reports.

“Several fleets have told us that the load on the spot market going to Canada is starting to pick up,” he said. “They are entering the spot market because they are not covered. I have also heard that shippers are asking about capacity. The carrier that was transporting for them has what they need. Because you can’t get it all. It’s not catastrophic, and some people are scrambling a bit. “

The Canadian Trucking Alliance has also expressed concern about the potential implications of obligations on the free flow of goods between the three giant trading partners and the potential impact on the North American economy.

“Some companies have reported a slight increase in driver vaccination, but there have been reports of higher turnover rates than usual, and they have expressed their intention to leave the industry,” the CTA said. Stephen Raskowski said earlier this month.

The Government of Canada has decided to proceed with its mission because it has given enough notice to the truck convoys and others in the transportation industry to prepare.

“As of November 19, 2021, January 15, 2022, certain categories of travelers who are currently exempt from immigration requirements are fully vaccinated with one of the approved vaccines. We have announced that we will only be admitted to Canada for entry into Canada, “said a statement from the Ministry of Transport and the Ministry of Public Security of Canada. “These groups include several important service providers, including truck drivers. Let’s be clear. This hasn’t changed. All drivers and truck drivers going to Canada. Hands must show evidence of vaccination to be able to enter Canada, whether they are essential workers or not. “

Costello said the January 13 U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on vaccination obligations was not directly related to border conditions, but the High Court’s decision to re-delegate Occupational Safety and Health Administration rules was made by the truck industry. He said it would be felt soon.

“Now we don’t have to worry about domestic missions, which has an absolute operational impact. Therefore, if these drivers are not vaccinated, they will move their cargo domestically instead of rushing to Canada. And it makes absolutely sense because there is enough cargo to go around, “he said.

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