Let us take a moment to acknowledge the remarkable efforts of the trucking industry in keeping our economy moving and ensuring that consumers have access to the goods they need. The trucking industry has consistently demonstrated its unwavering commitment to show up and deliver, even in the face of extraordinary challenges.
Amidst a freight recession and a recovering economy that is outpacing the freight sector, the trucking industry has risen to the occasion. We have worked tirelessly to maintain unprecedented high volumes and fulfill the demands of our customers. Yet, let us remember that this is nothing different from what the industry does every day—showing up and bringing the goods that keep our communities thriving. In Washington, where 80% of communities rely solely on trucks for their goods, the significance of our industry cannot be overstated. Trucks shoulder the responsibility of transporting approximately 70% of the freight that traverses our highways. We, as the trucking industry, take immense pride in our role as a safe and service-oriented sector, dedicated to serving our customers, our communities, and the nation’s robust supply chain. Together, we have weathered the storm, faced inventory stashing challenges head-on, and continued to deliver essential goods throughout the nation. As we look ahead, let us reaffirm our commitment to excellence, safety, and service. The trucking industry stands ready to embrace the future with unwavering determination and an unyielding spirit. We look forward to a future of growth and prosperity for the industry thanks to the driving force behind this industry, literally, our valued professional truck drivers!