Schneider Refutes Speculation About Why It’s Leaving Canada
Green Bay, WI — One of North America’s largest carriers will soon end all operations in Canada and many within the trucking community are speculating as to why.
Transportation Nation Network (TNN) reported on Friday that Green Bay, WI-based Schneider National, Inc. is pulling the plug on Canadian operations.
A spokesperson for the mega carrier told TNN the “decision was difficult” but the company expects to no longer have Canadian-based operations by the end of March.
“Despite the dedication and best efforts over many years, Canadian-based operations do not fit within Schneider’s long-term strategic focus,” the spokesperson explained.
The move will impact all 150 Canadian-based associates and drivers as the company trucks and equipment will soon transfer to the fleet’s U.S.-based network.
The news quickly spread throughout the trucking community with many TNN readers sounding off on our social media platforms.
A significant number of commenters suggested the trucking giant was abandoning its northern operations because of the country’s draconian COVID-19 policies.
In addition to new vaccination, testing, and quarantining requirements for cross-border truckers — which became effective on Saturday, January 15 — Canadian governmental leaders also plan to impose sweeping vaccination rules for federally regulated workers, including truckers.
When reached for comment on Saturday, a Schneider spokesperson told TNN the country’s COVID-19 policies did not impact the carrier’s decision to leave.
“It’s not true. It’s not connected at all,” the spokesperson confirmed.
While the spokesperson declined to go into further details, the company did announce last week it’s growing its dedicated operations with the acquisition of Ohio-based truckload carrier Midwest Logistics Systems in a deal valued at $263 million.
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TransportationNation.com will continue to follow this developing story.