While the world is ready for a strong return to economic and logistics stability, there’s another risk on the horizon. The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CSVA) International Roadcheck is set for May 4-6, 2021. Also known as the CVSA roadcheck, it spans three days. CVSA-certified inspectors will commit a blitz of inspections across North America, creating a sudden strain on resources for both domestic and cross-border freight. Inspectors focus on safety risks and poor maintenance that can warrant an out-of-service (OOS) designation. For instance, all tires, suspensions, lighting devices and many other checkpoints are verified for compliance with regulations.
To reduce the risk of supply chain disruption, shippers need to know what it means for their operation going into the start of May and how to use the right services to find available capacity before the CVSA roadcheck storm arrives.
Is the CVSA Roadcheck Safety Blitz a Good Thing for the Industry
The overwhelming answer is “yes.” The safety blitz brings at-risk drivers and trucks to the forefront of carriers’ minds. Without the blitz, safety risks could fly under the radar. With the added pressure for speed, service and timeliness, paired with a tight economy and produce season coming at full speed, it’s a problematic situation that will continue the 2020 capacity crunch through early summer 2021.
What Can Shippers Do About the Safety Blitz
The best way to avoid disruption is to source and have readily available resources to expand capacity at a moment’s notice. That’s why more companies have chosen to partner with an expert 3PL that has both the technology and people necessary to make it happen. For instance, GlobalTranz works across a vast network of local, regional, national and international carriers across all modes to connect shippers with pre-qualified carriers and drivers.
With that in mind, here are some tips to mitigate the impact of the CVSA roadcheck on your supply chain:
- Start thinking about increasing your shipment lead time, allowing for more flexibility between pickup and delivery timelines.
- Streamline distribution center (DC) and warehouse operations to make things easier for carriers and drivers, making your shipments more attractive to carriers, increasing eligibility for shipper-of-choice designation, allowing drivers to move loads faster and reducing risk during the CVSA roadcheck.
- Ensure you have access to a pre-qualified carrier network with a broad range of equipment and lane capabilities that quickly scale capacity during sudden declines in capacity.
- Consolidate parcel and LTL freight to reduce wasted space and tap additional capacity.
Ensure your telematics capabilities enable real-time data tracking to reduce HOS violation risks.
- Find out what your networking partners have planned in anticipation of the International Roadcheck.
While those steps sound great today, there is one problem. Shippers have a ton of responsibilities and may simply lack the time to put them into action. That’s why more shippers have taken notice and opted to work with a third-party logistics provider (3PL) to ensure scalability and quality of service, including managed services like transportation procurement.
Mitigate Supply Chain Disruption during the CVSA Roadcheck by Partnering With The Right 3PL
Guarantee your organization can continue unimpeded through the CVSA roadcheck blitz by partnering with a company that has a massive network. In fact, GlobalTranz works with 50,000+ carriers and 120+ LTL carriers to ensure your team just sees May 4-6, 2021 as another week and not a risky time. Talk to a GlobalTranz expert today to learn more about the CVSA roadcheck and how to mitigate capacity challenges.