Updates on COVID-19 and Supply Chains and Ground Transportation in Canada, the US and Mexico

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This page will be updated regularly with information and support resources provided by the Canadian, American and Mexican government officials and other key stakeholders regarding the state of the ground freight transportation industry across North America amid the COVID-19 crisis

We welcome your concerns and input in the comments section at the end of this post.

 

Mexicom Logistics keeps working to help keep
North American Supply Chains running amid the COVID-19 crisis 

 

UPDATES:

Canada

COVID-19 Guidelines for Truckers:
Federal guidelines for ensuring driver safety and limiting the spread of COVID-19 in the operation of commercial vehicles.

April 2, 2020

“Commercial vehicle drivers should take precautions such as covering their hands when pumping [fuel], touching the service station door handles, or handling any automotive products that may be required when performing vehicle maintenance, such as filling windshield washer fluid and adding motor oil, if this is possible,”

Click here to read the guidelines on Trucknews.com  

TruckingHR Canada publishes COVID-19 Resource Guide for Trucking & Logistics Employers 

Click here to read the full document 


Canada

Ontario supports Truck Drivers who are being mistreated at rest stops and shipping facilities 

April 2, 2020

“We are providing more safe places for truck drivers to stop and rest across the province and are keeping all 23 ONroute travel plazas open for take-out, grab and go and drive-through services, including washrooms with enhanced cleaning. We are also providing portable washrooms at 32 truck inspection stations so trucks have a place to stop and rest safely” Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, and Caroline Mulroney, Minister of Transportation.

Click here to read the full Statement 

April 1, 2020

“My friends, we’re all in this together. You have to let the truckers, when they stop for gas, if they stop for food, let them use the washrooms. Clean your washrooms, let them use your washrooms” …“If it wasn’t for the truck drivers, you wouldn’t even be open”

“Have a heart, you know, open up the washrooms for these truckers,”

 

Video posted on OnTruck channel:

PM  of Canada Justin Trudeau supports Truck Drivers

March 31, 2020


Mexico |

March 31, 2020

Mexico’s automotive industry requests to be included as an essential sector to maintain operations during the COVID-19 health emergency

“We are requesting both the Ministry of Economy and Health to be considered an essential industry and that this allows us to maintain some type of operations, ” Fausto Cuevas, Head of the Mexican Association of the Automotive Industry (AMIA), told Reuters.

“The General Health Council established as essential activities those related to the basic functioning of the economy, such as financial services, the food and beverage industries, self-service stores, passenger and cargo transportation, and the energy industry, among others, but not to the automotive industry.”

Click here to read the full press release on Reuters’s website.


United States | Canada | Mexico | Rest of the World

WTO, FAO and WHO call governments to minimize the impact of COVID-19 related border restrictions on trade in food

March 31, 2020

“Now is the time to show solidarity, act responsibly and adhere to our common goal of enhancing food security, food safety and nutrition and improving the general welfare of people around the world,” said  The Heads of the World Trade Organization (WTO), the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO).

“When acting to protect the health and well-being of their citizens, countries should ensure that any trade-related measures do not disrupt the food supply chain”

“Uncertainty about food availability can spark a wave of export restrictions, creating a shortage on the global market. …We must prevent the repeat of such damaging measures”

Click here to read the joint statement published on the WTO’s page 

 


Mexico | United States

28 US students test positive for COVID-19 when returning from a trip to Mexico 

March 31, 2020

The Austin, Texas Department of Public Health reported that 28 tourists who returned to Texas after a vacation trip to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, have tested positive for COVID-19, drawing attention to the possible low detection of cases in Mexico.

Visit Texas  COVID-19 case counts page here


Canada

Exemptions to Spring Weight restrictions and reduced load periods in Quebec, Manitoba and Ontario.  

March 30, 2020

Click here to see the exceptions  and special provisions to each province that applies spring weight restrictions, published by the Council of Ministers Responsible for Transportation and Highway Safety  

Manitoba Trucking Association calls businesses to keep washrooms and other facilities accessible to truckers during the COVID-19 pandemic

Click here to visit Manitoba Trucking Assotiation’s site 

 


Mexico

Suspension of non-essential activities from March 30 to April 30. Among the essential activities that continue: food and health supply chains, freight transportation and logistics

March 30, 2020

The General Health Council or Mexico declared a national health emergency. “The council agreed on extraordinary measures throughout the national territory, among which stands out the immediate suspension, from March 30 to April 30, 2020, of non-essential activities in the public, private and social sectors, in order to mitigate the dispersion and transmission of the SARS-CoV-2 virus in the community, to reduce the burden of disease, its complications and death from COVID-19 in the population residing in the national territory. ” Click here to read the full release published by the Mexican Government 

“Declaring a health emergency due to COVID-19 epidemic does not mean the State of Exception. And I say this because speculation is beginning to circulate that there could be a curfew, shortage … No. Don’t get confused. Declaring the emergency allows us is greater intragovernmental coordination and across all sectors”. said Hugo López-Gatell, Head of  Prevention and Health Promotion in Mexico.

“The sectors considered essential for the fundamental functioning of the economy are: …. passenger and cargo transport services; agricultural and livestock production, agribusiness, … and storage and cold chain of essential inputs, logistics (airports, ports and railways), as well as activities whose suspension may have irreversible effects for its continuation”


https://coronavirus.gob.mx/2020/03/30/conferencia-30-de-marzo/

 

“It is very valuable that we give a message of confidence to the population and producers that there will be products, that there will be no shortage because this generates panic purchases ”. Enrique González Muñoz, National President of the National Chamber of Freight Transportation (Canacar), told T21, after the Health Conference.

Click here to read full release by T21  


Mexico

President of Mexico, AMLO, urges non-strategic employees working on public and private sectors to stay home

March 28, 2020

“The Government has already taken measures so that public servants who are in non-strategic areas, such as office workers, department heads, and area directors, stay at their homes; Public Security and Health workers continue their work”

“I am asking the same for the private sector, I know this can mean expenses, but we can lose more.  If we do not prevent, the economy may fall more“. 

Source:


United States |

March 28, 2020

Three-Month Waiver in Response to the COVID-19 Emergency –
For States and CLP Holders Operating Commercial Motor Vehicles

“FMCSA grants a three-month waiver from certain regulations applicable to commercial learner’s permit (CLP) holders operating commercial motor vehicles (CMVs), as defined in 49 CFR 383.5, in interstate and intrastate commerce.

This waiver is effective March 28, 2020 and expires either on June 30, 2020, or the revocation of the President’s declaration of national emergency under 42 U.S.C. § 5191(b) related to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), whichever is sooner.”

Click here to read the full document  


Canada

March 27, 2020

Primer of Quebec François Legault thanks Truck Drivers 

“I close with my thanks for the truckers. Women, because there are more, and men who transport food, who transport essential goods, thank you. ”

“You work in difficult conditions, you are our heroes on a daily basis, so thank you very much for your work. ”

 


United States

March 26, 2020

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Statement on self-Quarantine Guidance for Greater New York City Transportation and Delivery Workers 

  • “Truck drivers and other people driving into the city to deliver needed supplies should stay in their vehicles as much as possible as supplies are loaded and unloaded,
  • Avoid being within 6 feet of others as much as possible when they exit their vehicles, and move to electronic receipts if possible.
  • If these drivers need to spend the night in the greater New York City area, they should stay in their hotel rooms or sleeper cab, when available, to the extent possible and continue to practice social distancing.
  • Drivers who take these precautions should not need to self-quarantine when they leave the greater New York area, unless self-quarantine is recommended by state or local officials for all residents in the areas where they live.

Read the full document  on the CDC website 


Canada | United States | Mexico

Canada strongly opposed to the U.S. plan to position troops near the Canadian border 

March 26, 2020

“Canada and the United States have the longest un-militarized border in the world and it is very much in both of our interests for it to remain that way.”

“We have expressed to the United States that it would be a mistake to position troops near the Canadian border, and we certainly hope that they’re not going to go through with that.”

Source:

 

Plans from the U.S. to deploy American troops at the Canadian and Mexican borders to stop the spread of the COVID-19

Leaked documents show Customs and Border Protection requested more than 1,500 extra troops to guard the Canadian and Mexican borders”

Read the release leaked to The Nation here


United States

FDA takes further steps to help mitigate supply interruptions of food and medical products 

March 28, 2020

“We are also partnering with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on supply chain issues, including importation of needed medical products to support the U.S. response.”

“We are aware of shortages of respirators and have issued Emergency Use Authorizations (EUA) covering certain respirators to enable them to be used in health care settings.

“We are also open to importing PPE and other devices and have provided instructions to manufacturers to help us implement this necessity appropriatelyExternal Link Disclaimer. The agency is taking steps to facilitate importation of PPE into the U.S. and we are ready and available to engage with importers to minimize disruptions during the importing process”

“The FDA has reached out to more than 1,000 device manufacturing sites worldwide, focusing on essential devices.  The outreach thus far has focused on two main types of essential devices: those that are in high demand due to the pandemic outbreak, such as PPE and ventilators, and devices that may be prone to potential shortage if there is a supply disruption.”

Source:

Click here to read full release on the FDA web page

 


United States

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“Phase Three” of coronavirus economic relief) is Enacted Into Law

March 27, 2020

Phase Three contains important financial assistance to employers, small business and individuals. Phase Two legislation contains provisions on paid sick and family and medical leave.

Click here to read CARES ACT

 


Mexico | United States | Canada

What the Extraordinary G20 Leaders’ Summit statement on COVID-19 says about International Trade Disruptions

March 26, 2020

“We are determined to spare no effort, both individually and collectively, to:

  • Protect lives.
  • Safeguard people’s jobs and incomes.
  • Restore confidence, preserve financial stability, revive growth and recover stronger.
  • Minimize disruptions to trade and global supply chains.
  • Provide help to all countries in need of assistance.
  • Coordinate on public health and financial measures”

“Addressing International Trade Disruptions

Consistent with the needs of our citizens, we will work to ensure the flow of vital medical supplies, critical agricultural products, and other goods and services across borders, and work to resolve disruptions to the global supply chains, to support the health and wellbeing of all people.

We commit to continue working together to facilitate international trade and coordinate responses in ways that avoid unnecessary interference with international traffic and trade. Emergency measures aimed at protecting health will be targeted, proportionate, transparent, and temporary. We task our Trade Ministers to assess the impact of the pandemic on trade.

We reiterate our goal to realize a free, fair, non-discriminatory, transparent, predictable and stable trade and investment environment, and to keep our markets open”

Click here to read full document published on Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, web page

 


Canada

BC will allow deliveries to be made at any time of the day and will limit purchase quantities to ensure on-shelf availability

March 26, 2020

BRITISH COLUMBIA

“the minister is issuing a series of ministerial orders to ensure a co-ordinated response to COVID-19 across all levels of government for the duration of the provincial emergency. These include:

  • Supply chain: Establishing a new Provincial Supply Chain Coordination Unit to co-ordinate goods and services distribution; taking a more active role in co-ordinating essential goods and services movement by land, air, marine and rail; and suspending any bylaws that restrict goods delivery at any time of day.
  • Protecting consumers: Banning the secondary resale of food, medical supplies, personal protective equipment, cleaning and other essential supplies; and restricting quantities of items purchased at point of sale”

Click here to read full release published by the Government of BC

 


United States

Update on the FMCSA’s national emergency declaration for motor carriers in response to the COVID19

March 25, 2020

Click here to read the full document published by the  FMCSA’s

 


Canada

Self-insolation  is mandatory  for individuals entering Canada, with the exception of essential workers such as truck drivers  

March 25, 2020

“All individuals permitted to enter Canada are subject to this Order, with the exception of certain persons who cross the border regularly to ensure the continued flow of goods and services, and those who provide essential services. Individuals exempt from the Order will still need to practice social distancing and self-monitoring and contact their local public health authority if they feel sick.”

Click here to read full release published by the Government of  Canada 

 


Mexico

Ministry of Communications and Transportation in Mexico  (SCT) suspends procedures related to psychophysical exams and licenses due to the COVID-19 pandemic

March 24, 2020

“Following the recommendations of the Health authorities, administrative acts and procedures have been suspended in the SCT.

  • “The practice of the comprehensive psychophysical examination is suspended for a period of 2 months from March 21, 2020. The legal effects of the evidence of psychophysical aptitude in terms of validity will be extended by the same referred term.
  • Regarding federal motor transport, the procedures related to the issuance and renewal of federal driver’s licenses are suspended.  The validity of federal driver’s licenses will be extended for a period of three months, counted from the entry into force of the Agreement “

Read full document here (in spanish)  (This is the only case in which the primary source of information is not referred. This is because there is a temporary technical problem that does not allow access to the page of the Official Gazette of the Federation, where this announcement was originally published)

 


Canada | United States | Mexico

ICC Mexico calls G20 to avoid export bans or limits on the free flow of necessary supplies to face COVID-19

March 24, 2020

“The call to the G20 leaders is to take immediate action to:

  • Putting infection control and medical products in the hands of those who need them most. The G20 must reverse, and commit to avoiding, the export ban or free flow limit on all necessary medical supplies, medicines, disinfectants, soaps, and personal protective equipment. We note with grave concern the duplication in reports of export restrictions on essential products related to COVID-19 during the past week.

The increasingly frequent use of “beggar-thy-neighbour” policy policies must be stopped immediately, given the globally integrated nature of supply chains for medical products, food and other essential products. Short-term trade restrictions will only exacerbate the possible long-term cost of a virus that crosses borders easily. ”

Click here to read full release published by the ICC Mexico (in spanish)

 


Canada

Provinces of Quebec and Ontario order non-essential businesses to close
no later than midnight, March 24

Transportation is an essential service.  

March 24, 2020

QUEBEC

“As of March 25, 2020, at 00:01 and until April 13, 2020, the Gouvernement du Québec has ordered the minimization of all non-priority services and activities.”

Priority transportation and logistics services are, among others:

  • “mass transit and passenger transportation;
  • procurement and distribution of foodstuffs, grocery stores and convenience stores;
  • transportation, warehousing and distribution of essential goods;”

¨The stores and services covered by this list must ensure that the people in their establishments comply as far as possible with the principles of social distancing.

To obtain additional information on the designation of a priority business, please call 1-855-477-0777 (toll free).”

Click here to read the full document  published by the Government of Quebec

ONTARIO

“Due to the evolving COVID-19 situation, the Ontario government will be ordering at-risk workplaces to close-down, while encouraging businesses to explore opportunities to continue operations through work-from-home and innovative business models.”

“Essential businesses are being asked to put into place any and all measures to safeguard the wellbeing of their employees on the front-lines.”

Click here to read the full document published by the Government of Ontario 

Essential workplaces are, among others:

“Supply chains

  1. Businesses that supply other essential businesses or essential services with the support, supplies, systems or services, including processing, packaging, distribution, delivery and maintenance necessary to operate”

Full list of essential workplaces here 

 


Canada| United States | Mexico

Cross-border trade won’t be affected by the partial closure of U.S borders.

The United States will temporarily limit the travel of individuals from Canada and  Mexico into the United States at land ports of entry along the United States-Canada border  and the United States-Mexico border to “essential travel”

“Essential travel,” includes, but is not limited to:

“Individuals engaged in lawful cross-border trade (e.g., truck drivers supporting the movement of cargo between the United States and Canada)”

Sources:

COVID-19 Related Travel Restrictions across the U.S. Borders with Canada and Mexico

March 20, 2020

Notification of Temporary Travel Restrictions Applicable to Land Ports of Entry and Ferries Service Between the United States and Canada

Scheduled to be published on 03/04/2020

 


Employees of firms providing transportation, logistics and distribution  are essential workforce

Guidance on the essential critical infrastructure workforce.

On March 19, 2020. says:

“If you work in a critical infrastructure industry, as defined by the Department of Homeland Security, such as healthcare services and pharmaceutical and food supply, you have a special responsibility to maintain your normal work schedule.” 

And continues:

  • “Employees supporting or enabling transportation functions, including truck drivers, bus drivers, dispatchers, maintenance and repair technicians, warehouse workers, truck stop and rest area workers, and workers that maintain and inspect infrastructure (including those that require cross-jurisdiction travel)
  • Employees of firms providing services that enable logistics operations, including cooling, storing, packaging, and distributing products for wholesale or retail sale or use.
  • Manufacturers and distributors (to include service centers and related operations) of packaging materials, pallets, crates, containers, and other supplies needed to support manufacturing, packaging staging and distribution operations”

Click here to read the full document published on the official website of the Department of Homeland Security  

 


United States

FAST interviews postponed

“All FAST interviews scheduled between March 19 and May 1, 2020, are postponed. Please log into your Trusted Traveller Program (TTP) System online account to reschedule your appointment. Interviews scheduled after May 1, 2020, may also be postponed, and the situation will be continually assessed. We acknowledge that this may be an inconvenience for some, however ensuring the safety of our staff and clients is a priority. Your understanding during this difficult time is appreciated. Please visit CBSA’s website regularly as the situation continues to evolve. FAST members who submitted an application for membership renewal prior to the expiry date on the card will maintain their membership and remain in active status for 18 months beyond the expiry date, and will be allowed to access FAST designated lanes.”

Read full document 

 


Canada

Canada’s life and health insurers confirm continued out-of-country medical coverage for the commercial trucking industry

03/19/2020

“With restrictions to non-essential travel beginning in the coming days, Canada’s insurers want to be clear that commercial truckers will not lose their group out-of-country medical coverage due to recent travel restrictions,” Stephen Frank President and CEO of CLHIA said. “The commercial trucking industry is providing crucial services to support Canadians with goods at all times, but particularly now.”

Click here to read the full release published on the CLHIA web site  

 


Canada

Manufacturers who want to help produce goods Canada needs to curb the COVID-19 outbreak, please register on the Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters site

Go to the Registration Form on the Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters Site. 


Canada | United States | Mexico |

Automakers announce temporary production shutdowns at their plats in Canada, the U.S., and Mexico, at least until March 30.  

March 18, 2020

FORD:
“Production at Ford’s U.S., Canadian and Mexican manufacturing facilities will be halted after Thursday evening’s shifts to March 30 to thoroughly clean and sanitize the company’s plants”
Read Ford’s release  

GENERAL MOTORS

“General Motors Co. (NYSE: GM) confirmed it will begin a systematic orderly suspension of manufacturing operations in North America due to market conditions, to deep clean facilities and continue to protect people. The suspension will last until at least March 30. Production status will be reevaluated week-to-week after that.”

Read General Mortor’s release 

COOPER TIRE & RUBBER COMPANY

“Cooper Tire & Rubber Company announced it will temporarily shut down its tire manufacturing facilities in the United States and Mexico to protect the health and safety of employees and respond to market demand that has been impacted by coronavirus.”

Read release 

VOLKSWAGEN:

“Effective Saturday, March 21 at 3:45 a.m., Volkswagen Chattanooga will suspend production for one week, with current plans to resume production Sunday, March 29 at 10 p.m. This action is being taken to help ensure the health and safety of our team members as we conduct additional sanitation and cleaning procedures throughout the factory. We will also use this time to assess future production plans and market developments.”

Read release 

VOLVO –

“The Swedish and US plants will be closed between March 26 and April 14”

Read release 

FIAT CHRYSLER

“Working with the UAW and listening to the concerns of our people, we have agreed to cease production at our plants across North America, starting progressively from today (March 18) through the end of March. ”

Read release 

 


United States

US Department of Transportation Expands National Emergency Declaration provides hours-of-service regulatory relief to commercial vehicles in Response to the Coronavirus Outbreak

March 18, 2020

“Under Secretary Chao’s leadership, FMCSA is providing additional regulatory relief to our nation’s commercial drivers to get critically important medical supplies, food, and household goods to Americans in need. The nation’s truck drivers are on the front lines of this effort and are critical to America’s supply chain. We will continue to support them and use our authority to protect the health and safety of the American people,” said FMCSA Acting Administrator Jim Mullen.

FMCSA’s expanded declaration provides for regulatory relief for commercial motor vehicle operations providing direct assistance supporting emergency relief efforts intended to meet immediate needs for:

  • Medical supplies and equipment related to the testing, diagnosis and treatment of COVID-19.
  • Supplies and equipment necessary for community safety, sanitation, and prevention of community transmission of COVID-19 such as masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, soap and disinfectants.
  • Food, paper products and other groceries for emergency restocking of distribution centers or stores.
  • Immediate precursor raw materials—such as paper, plastic or alcohol—that are required and to be used for the manufacture of essential items.
  • Fuel.
  • Equipment, supplies and persons necessary to establish and manage temporary housing, quarantine.
  • Persons designated by federal, state or local authorities for medical, isolation, or quarantine purposes.
  • Persons necessary to provide other medical or emergency services.”

 


 

Mexico |

COPARMEX proposes to the Government the suspension of ISR in the logistics and transport sector

On March 17, 2020.

“”From COPARMEX, and based on the powers that the law grants to the Federal Executive Branch in the event of epidemics, we make a series of additional proposals that could prevent the loss of jobs and activate our economy:

  • Temporary suspension of provisional Income Tax payments (own and withheld from wages), particularly in the airline, tourism, logistics and transportation sectors.
  • Temporary suspension of the Special Tax on Production and Services (IEPS) for gasoline and diesel. “

Click here to read the full document published by COPARMEX (in Spanish) 

 

 


 


Mexicom Logistics Notice

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak,  there are currently unavoidable impacts on freight services.
However, Mexicom Logistics staff continues working hard from home to minimize the negative impact on your shipments.

We work together to keep North American Supply Chains running.

Send your quote requests at info@mexicomlogistics.com 

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