How COVID-19 Is Affecting Transportation


Domestic Transportation
  • LTL, truckload, cartage, and rail carriers are operating near normal service levels.
  • Even though some states are easing restrictions, it is still important to make sure the consignee is receiving freight, and to note the receiving hours on the bill of lading. The carrier may charge a storage fee or even return freight that it cannot deliver to a destination that is closed.
  • If you need inside pickup or delivery, your UTS account manager can help select a carrier that hasn't restricted these services.
  • Air capacity is limited and rates are volatile. If you need air transportation, please provide as much advance notice as possible.

COVID-19 Disclosure Forms
  • Some carriers (including FedEx) have instructed drivers not to sign these forms.
  • If you require a driver to sign a form, UTS can temporarily ban the carriers that won't sign.
  • If you ship to a company that requires a driver signature, your UTS account manager can help select a carrier that will comply.
  • Carriers may add a fee if the driver is required to sign a disclosure form.

International Transportation
  • The movement of freight is exempt from border closings.
  • Ocean container carriers are consolidating freight into fewer sailings, which can add as much as a week to transit times.
  • Carriers are adding fees for COVID-related issues.
  • Some ports are seeing longer than normal delays.
  • Air capacity is limited and rates are volatile. If you need air transportation, please provide as much advance notice as possible.

Contingency Planning
  • UTS remains fully operational and ready to serve you.
  • We have comprehensive business continuity plans including the ability to work remotely at normal service levels.
  • Our web-based Transportation Management System (TMS), myUTS, gives your team a platform to manage supply chain operations even while working remotely.