Freight Brokers Warn Biden is About to Make Supply Chain Crisis ‘Drastically Worse’
Arlington, VA — The trucking industry’s largest group representing freight brokers is blasting President Joe Biden accusing him of exacerbating America’s ongoing supply chain challenges.
In a scathing statement issued on Friday, the Transportation Intermediaries Association (TIA) took issue with the Biden Administration’s plan to begin requiring foreign travelers — including truckers — seeking entry into the U.S. to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination or be turned away.
“The [Biden] Administration decided now is the best time to restrict the free-flowing movement of goods across the border, as the nation continues to face a global pandemic and a supply chain crisis,” said TIA, which represents almost 2,000 member companies.
TIA President and CEO Anne Reinke asserted the mandate will cause already spiking inflation levels and product shortages to quickly worsen.
“Americans are struggling with higher prices and scarce goods, at the grocery store, the gas pump, and diners across the country,” she stated. “One way to make this drastically worse overnight is to take tens of thousands of truck drivers and forbid them from entering the country, leaving countless amounts of essential freight at the doorstep of our country.”
Jim Damman of MODE Transportation serves as TIA’s Chairman of the Airfreight and International Logistics Committee and contends President Biden “could not have selected a worse time to further restrict essential goods into the United States.”
“We are facing a capacity crisis, compounded by skyrocketing demand and inflation,” Damman explained. “We need to be supporting our truck drivers, not adding insult to injury by mandating vaccines.”
On Thursday, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas defended the new cross-border travel restrictions.
“These updated travel requirements reflect the Biden-Harris Administration’s commitment to protecting public health while safely facilitating the cross-border trade and travel that is critical to our economy,” Sec. Mayorkas said.
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