ECONOMIC WATCH: Windsor truck traffic down sharply – Truck News

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WINDSOR, Ont. – Cross-border truck traffic in Windsor, Ont., has decreased significantly due to the Covid-19 pandemic, according to data shared by the Logistics, Transportation and Cross-Border Committee (LTCB) of the Windsor-Essex Covid-19 Economic Task Force.

The Detroit-Windsor Truck Ferry has ceased operations for the
first time in its 30-year history, truck traffic on Huron Church is down 43%,
and traffic at the Windsor-Detroit Tunnel has fallen 88% so far this year.

“This suspension of services has an additional impact on the
region’s overall transportation sector. The LTCB sector in the Windsor-Essex
region is facing serious challenges,” the task force reported this morning. “Yet,
cautious optimism remains that the sector will rebound once the travel ban is
lifted, people are patronizing hospitality and entertainment establishments and
there is a demand once again for non-essential goods. The sector has also
witnessed a wave of gratitude for continuing to work during these difficult
times. Social media campaigns thanking truckers (#thankatrucker) have been well
received by the general public.”

“As an employer of a local trucking company, I am fortunate to have a group of dedicated and loyal employees but the costs of doing business during this crisis are extremely challenging for a sector that already faced very tight margins.”

Adam Pernasilici, vice-president of Laser Transport.

Susan Anzolin, executive director, Institute for Border
Logistics and Security, said “This sector is represented by a variety of
companies and interests. And, yet, these hardworking individuals (dispatchers,
warehouse workers, truck drivers, toll collectors, airport officials, border
officers and others) are also the faces we see daily on the frontlines of this
crisis doing their job. They, too, are our heroes.”

“As an employer of a local trucking company, I am fortunate
to have a group of dedicated and loyal employees but the costs of doing
business during this crisis are extremely challenging for a sector that already
faced very tight margins,” added Adam Pernasilici, vice-president of Laser
Transport. “But, make no mistake that the trucking industry continues to move
essential goods across North America, and we are ready to move goods once the
bans are lifted.”

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