Attention cross-border shippers and carriers: COVID-19 vaccinations required for truck drivers crossing U.S. borders beginning January 22

Via FreightWaves:
Truck drivers from Canada and Mexico will be barred from crossing the U.S. border as of Jan. 22 unless they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, the Associated Press has reported. Trucking industry groups have been pushing for a delay out of fears large numbers of unvaccinated truckers will stop moving cross-border freight.

Less than 50% of Mexicans are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, while among Canadians the rate is nearly 80%, according to data from Oxford University. If those rates hold up among truckers, industry leaders say the results could be catastrophic for cross-border supply chains.


  • The US, Canada, and Mexico are all instituting COVID-19 vaccination requirements for crossing the border for all carriers in mid-January.
  • U.S. regulations go into effect on January 22, 2022.
  • Mexico and Canada regulations both go into effect a week prior to the U.S. on January 15, 2022.
  • All drivers looking to enter the US, Canada, or Mexico with a freight load will be required to provide proof of vaccination to be allowed into the country of which they are seeking access.
  • For any carriers requesting a load that leaves the country of origin (U.S., Mexico, or Canada), Sunset will be conducting a brief compliance survey to ensure your shipments comply with regulations.

We expect this change to follow what industry outsiders are saying about likely border delays and possible shipment delivery disruption. Please continue to stay in touch with your account and carrier representatives amidst this change in international logistics.

For questions, please email Sunset’s Corporate Support at [email protected].

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