On Monday, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced a modification to its Emergency Declaration that would extend it until July 14.

Beginning June 15, the regulatory relief will be limited to motor carriers and truck drivers transporting the following freight:

  1. Livestock and livestock feed; FMCSA has informed us that the relief is only available to transporters of finished feed.  Transporters of feed ingredients are ineligible for the relief.
  2. Medical supplies and equipment related to the testing, diagnosis and treatment of COVID-19;
  3. Supplies and equipment necessary for community safety, sanitation, and prevention of community transmission of COVID-19 such as masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, soap and disinfectants.

FMCSA has concluded that there is no longer a need for emergency relief for the following items after June 15th:

  • Food, paper products and other groceries for emergency restocking of distribution centers or stores;
  • Immediate precursor raw materials — such as paper, plastic or alcohol — that are required and to be used for the manufacture of certain regulatory relief items;
  • Fuel;
  • Liquefied gases to be used in refrigeration or cooling systems;
  • Equipment, supplies and persons necessary to establish and manage temporary housing, quarantine, and isolation facilities related to COVID-19;
  • Persons designated by Federal, State or local authorities for medical, isolation, or quarantine purposes; and
  • Persons necessary to provide other medical or emergency services, the supply of which may be affected by the COVID-19 response.

Source: National Cattlemen’s Beef Association

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