UC associate dean says vaccine requirement for truckers may add to shipping delays

Appearing on a Canadian radio show, Charles Sox warns of potential effects on manufacturing

The recent COVID-19 vaccination requirement that bars unvaccinated freight truck drivers from entering the United States from Canada is “going to present challenges,” according to Charles Sox, PhD, associate dean for impact and partnerships at the University of Cincinnati Carl H. Lindner College of Business.

Sox was interviewed on “Hamilton Today with Scott Thompson,” a radio show in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

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Charles Sox, PhD, associate dean for impact and partnerships at the Carl H. Lindner College of Business.

“Manufacturers, distributors and retailers are going to have to deal with longer delays for their shipments. It’s not going to completely shut down trade; it’s just going to create more headaches and delays,” Sox said. “Not having products on grocery store shelves, and auto manufacturers in the U.S. are already facing shortages with computer chips in particular, so this is just going to add to those challenges.”

Per Sox, freight transportation, especially trucking, is the lifeblood of the U.S. economy.

“No matter where something is manufactured, it’s eventually going to end up on a truck at some point to the end users, the customers,” Sox said. “There’s a lot of trade between the U.S. and Canada and the U.S. and Mexico. Automotive manufacturing in particular is at risk here.”

Listen to the full interview. Sox’s appearance begins at 33:30. 

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