Business, Logistics

Supply Chain Disruptions Rise Due to Virus

Containership at Xiamen, China A containership at the Haitian Container Terminal in Xiamen, China, on Aug. 26. (Qilai Shen/Bloomberg News)

The coronavirus is having a growing impact on supply chains, according to a new survey by the Institute for Supply Management in a report the Tempe, Ariz.-based nonprofit released March 11.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
March 12, 2020
Government, Business, Logistics

Cargo Not Affected as Trump Suspends Travel From Europe to US

President Trump addresses the nation March 11 Trump addresses the nation March 11 from the Oval Office. (Doug Mills, New York Times via AP pool)

WASHINGTON — Taking drastic action March 11, President Donald Trump announced he is cutting off travel from Europe to the U.S. and moving to ease the economic cost of a viral pandemic that is roiling global financial markets and disrupting the daily lives of Americans. Restrictions won't apply to cargo.

March 11, 2020
Business, Safety

N.Y. Auto Show Likely to Be Delayed to August Because of Virus

2019 Mazda CX-5 The 2019 Mazda CX-5 is shown at the New York Auto Show on April 17, 2019. (Mark Lennihan/Associated Press)

The annual New York auto show probably will be pushed back to August from April due to the coronavirus.

Ed Ludlow | Bloomberg News
March 10, 2020
Business, Logistics

Ports Post Volume Declines Over Coronavirus Fears

Trucks at the Port of Los Angeles Trucks await entry at the Port of Los Angeles. (Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg News)

Newly released figures from some of the nation’s major ports show cargo volumes are slumping as they struggle to recover from the U.S.-China trade war and now the steep downturn in factory output from China in the aftermath of the coronavirus outbreak.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
March 10, 2020
Government, Business, Safety

USDOT Active in Response to Coronavirus, Joel Szabat Tells Senators

Joel Szabat Joel Szabat, shown testifying at a House hearing in September, told a Senate panel March 4 fighting the coronavirus will require "the efforts of all levels of government." (House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee via YouTube)

Transportation officials’ supporting role to the COVID-19 outbreak includes daily coordination with aviation industry stakeholders, foreign counterparts and federal agencies, DOT official Joel Szabat told a Senate panel March 4. Here's your Capitol Agenda look at the week ahead for trucking on Capitol Hill.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
March 9, 2020
Government, Business

House Democrats to Map Out Economic Response to Virus Outbreak

Empty business class Business class seats remain empty just prior to takeoff on a United Airlines flight from San Francisco to Tokyo on March 7. (David J. Phillip/AP)

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi plans to meet with top Democrats on March 9 to begin drawing up a response to the economic disruption caused by the coronavirus outbreak, which already is threatening to stall growth.

Erik Wasson | Bloomberg News
March 9, 2020
Government, Business

Economic Concern Spreads in US Along With Coronavirus

Man in mask outside NYSE A man wearing a mask walks by the New York Stock Exchange March 9. (Mark Lennihan/AP)

Rick Cotton, executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, is being treated for the coronavirus after testing positive, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced March 9.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
March 9, 2020
Government, Business, Fuel

Stocks, Oil Plunge Over Global Fight for Crude Production

Man in mask in Hong Kong A man wearing a mask walks past a share index board outside a bank in Hong Kong. (Kin Cheung/AP)

BEIJING — Global stock markets and oil prices plunged March 9 after a fight among major crude-producing nations jolted investors who already were on edge about the surging costs of a virus outbreak.

Joe McDonald | Associated Press
March 9, 2020
Government, Safety

Trump Signs $8.3 Billion Coronavirus Emergency Funding Into Law

Donald Trump signs bill as Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar looks on President Donald Trump signs the bill as Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar watches March 6, 2020, at the White House. (Evan Vucci/Associated Press)

Legislation to provide $8.3 billion for public health initiatives meant to tackle the spread of the coronavirus was signed into law by President Donald Trump on March 6.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
March 6, 2020
Government, Business, Safety

Secretary Elaine Chao: USDOT Part of Government Plan to Address Coronavirus

Coronavirus Vice President Mike Pence (bottom right), arrives at the Capitol with other coronavirus task force members and staff to brief U.S. House members. (J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press)

WASHINGTON — A White House task force led by Vice President Mike Pence that is tackling the spread of the coronavirus is assisted by input from transportation officials, Secretary Elaine Chao reminded senators March 4.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
March 4, 2020