Trucking Industry Top Trends 2021


The trucking market industry continues to evolve and has witnessed tremendous changes this past year. During this year 2021, there have been some ups and downs which impacted the trucking industry. Below are the top trends in the trucking industry

Peak Season and the Trucking Industry

As the auto transport industry approaches the peak season, there has been a surge in fuel prices. By September 2021, the demand surge in the truck industry coupled with supply shortages has sent crude prices to a near three-year high at approximately $80 per barrel. Analysts at Goldman Sachs expect Brent crude to hit $90 a barrel by the end of the year as supply tightens. Currently, there is also an ever-growing demand for truck drivers. The need for truck drivers is due to the pent-up demand of customers and the peak season expectations, which has impacted the trucking industry.

Supply Chain Disruptions

Port shutdowns during the Covid-19 pandemic along with the embargoes and delays of container transits led to congestion. In addition, the semi-conductor chips shortage and lack of drivers in the trucking industry affected the gradual recovery in driver supply. With the backlogs at the ports, such congestion naturally leads to eventual increases in the total cost of car shipping. The backlog at the ports also clearly represents an austere and more prolonged peak season demand outlook.

Truck Capacity Constraints in the Trucking Industry

While the backlogs and congestion occur, inventory strains continually affect truck capacity. Shippers’ demand remains ever-changing, and as a result, demand for drivers often exceeds availability. More pressure is put on the trucking industry to handle shipments. On the other hand, car shippers are compelled to pay more to secure truck drivers and truck capacity for smooth car shipments.

However, car shippers can overcome this issue of truck driver shortage or limited capacity in the trucking industry. Shippers can avoid significant supply chain disruptions with a professional and reliable car shipping broker like Metti International

Metti International Is Here To Help You Ship Your Car

Metti International is the top choice for your shipping needs. With years of experience in the car shipping industry, we stay on the cutting edge thanks to our highly-trained staff, logistics-optimized scheduling system, and expansive network of the truck industry’s top-rated car carriers.

The BBB accredits Metti International with an A+ rating. We are a three-time award-winner of the BBB Torch Award for Ethics. As a licensed and bonded car shipping broker with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Metti International will help you ship your vehicle with ease.

Call Metti International today on 866-620-1776 to schedule your auto transport, and you will get an instant quote. You can also visit our website at

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Frequently Asked Questions

Most major credit cards, postal money orders and cashiers checks are acceptable forms of payment.

As with most transport services, a deposit is generally required when placing an order. Deposits range from 10-25 % of the total shipping cost. The remaining balance will be due upon delivery.

Most auto transport companies accept cash, certified checks, and postal money orders.

Coast to coast trips usually takes between 10-14 days. Shorter trips ranges from 3-7 days, depending on the actual distance. Some factors may delay a trip, including traffic, weather, and truck breakdowns.

Yes, we request you, or a designated person, be present upon pick up of your vehicle. For your safety and your vehicle’s safety, an inspection is performed and a bill of lading must be signed that serves as proof of delivery.

The easiest way to ship an inoperable vehicle is to let us know when requesting a vehicle transport quote. There will be an additional charge, plus loading and unloading charges to your quote, if we are not informed of the vehicle’s condition prior to quoting.

Auto carriers are not licensed to carry house goods or personal items, these goods and items are not covered by the carriers insurance. Any damage to your vehicle due to household goods shifting or breaking is also not covered. Personal belongings left in the vehicle, are shipped strictly at the owners risk. Carriers will not inventory any belongings left in the vehicle and will assume no responsibility.

Your car is insured for the Blue Book value the entire time it is on the truck. Clearly listed on your Shipping Order, Agreement and Bill of Lading are occurrences not covered. At the time of pick up, a condition report is filled out and signed by both the person turning the car over and the truck driver and you are given a copy.

Upon delivery of your vehicle, this same report is presented. You should compare the condition of the vehicle to the report thoroughly at that time. If you feel damage has occurred to your vehicle during delivery, you must note it on the report before you sign it and the driver leaves. Damage done in transit does not relieve the shipper of paying for transport service performed. Claims will be handled by the vehicle carrier and insurance companies.

Metti International offers door-to-door auto transport service where possible. However, there are instances that we cannot collect/deliver directly to the door due to the size of our auto carrier’s trucks. The size of your street may prohibit direct delivery to your door. Also, some towns and cities do not allow trucks on their residential streets. If the carrier cannot get to your door, he will deliver your vehicle to the next most convenient accessible location, such as the nearest major crossing street, a shopping mall or supermarket.

Please have a no more than 1/4 tank of fuel, remove all personal items from your vehicle and have it washed and cleaned so that the ensuing inspection is easily performed. If it is a convertible, T-top, sunroof, etc. make sure all openings are closed and prepared for changing weather. You can find additional tips on how to prepare your car for transport here.