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How will vaccine distribution impact OTR transportation?

Posted by The FTR Experts on Dec 18, 2020 4:43:00 PM

The FTR Experts were posed with the question, "How will vaccine distribution impact OTR transportation?"

Following The 2021 Outlook, the final session of the FTR Engage virtual speaking series, the FTR Experts sat down to answer listener questions beyond what was covered during the Q&A within the presentation.


Key Takeaways:
  • It’s hard to see vaccine distribution having an impact on the over the road trucking market. The volumes we’re talking about, while extraordinary for the vaccine are not the types of volumes that will move the needle for over the road transportation.
  • Early on, we thought it would be problematic because of the need for refrigeration. The Pfizer vaccine is packed in self-contained dry ice and isn't going to affect reefer capacity.
  • Parcel could have a significant effect because it is already so stressed in terms of having enough equipment.
  • Air-freight and local delivery could be stressed, but I really don’t think over the road transportation is going to be meaningfully affected by this.

Listen to the full discussion on the State of Freight Podcast or read the fully transcribed Q&A on the FTR Blog.

Tags: COVID-19, Coronavirus, Economy, trucking, OTR, Parcel


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