According to a press release from the American Trucking Association, President and CEO of Bulldog Hiway Express Phil Byrd presented testimony to the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, saying the trucking industry is prepared for the increase in freight that will accompany the expansion of the Panama Canal, however, he warned the country still faced challenges such as congestion and the condition of our infrastructure.
“We are aware of no systemic trucking capacity shortages that are currently impacting freight movement at our port facilities or could serve to restrict the transport of Panama Canal increased volumes beginning in 2015,” Byrd said on behalf of American Trucking Associations.
Byrd, ATA’s first vice chairman, said that issues such as getting in and out of the port, labor issues and restrictions on drivers will create additional challenges.
“Given the proven, adaptive and flexible nature of the trucking industry however, we believe we will be able to handle these container freight increases wherever they actually occur in America’s port system,” Byrd said.
For more of Byrd’s testimony, click here.