According to the Department of Homeland Security, the U.S will close its borders to unvaccinated and partially vaccinated Canadian and Mexican truck drivers. This new regulation is as a result of the Biden-Harris Administration’s commitment to protect public health while “safely facilitating the cross-border trade and travel that is critical to our economy”. This regulation was presented back in October and is to be applied to all foreign essential workers.
“The border COVID-18 vaccine mandates are coming into force despite pushback from the truck industry. The impact will be felt most acutely for the U.S.-Canada freight market, where around 160,000 truckers regularly cross the border — 75% of whom are Canadian.”
“The supply chain is already fragile — so it puts all of us in a precarious situation,” Dan Einwechter, president of Canadian trucking and logistics firm Challenger Motor Freight, told FreightWaves.
It is expected that around 10-15% of drivers may leave cross-border trucking as a result of this mandate. We are already seeing protests; earlier this week dozens of Canadian truckers protested near the U.S border in Emerson, Manitoba.