May 05, 2020 10:15 AM

The COVID-19 virus is testing not only human strength, but the transport sector, because although supply chains are not infected, they suffer from the contagion that is experienced worldwide and that wreaks havoc on the economy due to that nonessential industries have slowed or suspended operations, bringing changes in transportation and logistics, that face the challenge of preventing disease while seeking a cure for their affected users.

“In this crisis, the supply chain continues to operate, shipping companies, railways, motor transport. We are the best industry because every day we dedicate ourselves to solving problems and this is another one that I do not doubt we will solve ”, indicates Diego Anchustegui, Commercial Director of Transport EASO.

Among the industries that reduced or stopped their outstanding operations were the automotive and auto parts, construction, electronics and household appliances, which has decreased the demand for freight services, according to Leonardo Gómez, Director General of the National Association of Private Transportation.

Similarly, industries such as tourism, since there is no operation in hotels, all the items needed as food, cleaning, and beverage products go down, "and then the operation of generating products and storage decreased. the flow is not taking place, ”says Enrique González, National President of the National Chamber of Freight Transportation.

With the estimates made by motor transport entrepreneurs by the sectors they work in, the consumption-related situation will fall by 6% in the first quarter of 2020 compared to the same cycle of the previous year, a situation that is not considered as negative due to current economic conditions. In contrast, the automotive operation is estimated between 40 and 60% less than the previous year.