Trucking operations in China are almost back to pre-Chinese New Year levels of normalcy for city, provincial, and cross-border services nearly eight weeks after the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak paralyzed the trucking industry. The situation is gradually improving and it is estimated that over 80% percent of drivers are back on duty, a vast difference from a month ago when only 10-20% of trucks were available.
Highway restrictions limiting access to provinces have been completely removed in Guangdong, Zhejiang, Guizhou, Jiangxi, Guizhou, and Liaoning, according to truckers. Restrictions have been eased in Jiangsu and Fujian and cities such as Chengdu and Hefei, and all highways across China are toll-free until the end of June.
In Hubei Province, one of China’s leading automotive manufacturing centers for vehicle parts, transport restrictions will be eased and businesses will be allowed to resume operations, the provincial government said Wednesday. Currently, trucking operations need to be approved on a case-by-case basis.