The State of the Association

Dear NTTC Member:

If you’re like me, you’ve probably heard from every CEO in the land about the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.  I’ve never even heard of some of these companies, but the emails keep rolling in.  Yet, this unprecedented level of outreach, concern, and compassion is something that we must heed and leverage to vanquish this frightening assault on life as we know it.


While your time is precious during this crisis, our team in DC wanted to make sure that you were apprised as to our activities in this extremely fluid environment.  The COVID-19 situation remains particularly troubling with significant consequences across all sectors of society.  Aggressive and preventative measures are being taken to protect our individual and collective health. This crisis has dramatically altered our normal day to day practices.

Situations like this underscore the importance of the tank truck industry to the North American economy.  It also underscores the value of government engagement here in DC.  It’s ironic that we’re celebrating our 75th Anniversary this year as your association was actually founded in response to the crisis of World War II.  Now, as we approach a new global crisis, NTTC carriers and your association’s team stand at the forefront of the government’s emergency response initiatives along with our other federation partners.  Our collective efforts produced meaningful waivers for our fuel haulers, food haulers, and other key sub-segments of our industry.  Know that those governmental affairs efforts continue as the nation pulls together to win this worldwide battle against COVID-19.

In an effort to protect the health and well-being of our staff, outside consultants, members, and visitors in our DC office, we are continuing to operate our business on a virtual basis which we initiated on March 16th.  We are not suspending or closing operations. We will continue to serve you and conduct the association’s business on a remote basis until further notice because this is the time that our carriers need government affairs the most.  We welcome your calls, questions, and operating concerns and we will make every effort to provide the information you need to keep your operations running smoothly in this strange environment.  

Advocacy
While we’re remotely located, our entire team remains fully engaged with Congress and the varied executive agencies that hold jurisdiction over trucking.  We are engaged with our federation partners and our government contacts on a 24/7 basis.  We stand ready to assist your operations personnel with any compliance questions you may have regarding regulations, cross border activities, or other government activities.

One positive from all of these virus-related challenges is the outbreak of bipartisanship here in the nation’s capital.  Although there are many who have not yet been affected with this symptom, those that are willing to work together for the common good should be commended and rewarded with our support.  As time is of the essence, I would expect our nation’s leaders to strike an equitable balance between the needs of individual citizens and those corporations that employ them.  The stimulus plans for individuals will help absolutely no one if the businesses that employ them cannot stay viable and productive in the short term.


Education
NTTC’s focus on enhancing our education offering, Tank Truck University, remains one of the association’s strategic priorities.  As we move through 2020 and beyond, membership will continue to see expanded offerings from NTTC’s educational team focused on a variety of responsibilities within the tank truck segment.  To ensure we are offering membership a competitive advantage, you will soon receive a survey to assist us in developing industry-specific content valuable to your operation.  Your feedback is extremely valuable and will help shape the future of our education offering.

Engagement
Moving forward, all additional NTTC events online and in-person remain scheduled as planned, including the Safety & Security Council Meeting (June 16 - 18), Summer Membership & Board Meeting (August 6 - 8), and Tank Truck Week (October 6 – 8).  We are closely monitoring the situation and we are researching options for upcoming in-person events if the need for alternatives arises. Any changes to scheduled programs will be communicated directly to attendees.

Thank you all for your understanding and support during these difficult times.  We know that your business models are largely affected during the crisis and we share your priorities in keeping our homes and workplaces safe, healthy, and productive.  As I said above, situations like this underscore the importance of the tank truck industry to the North American economy.  We look forward to working with you and your teams as we do our part to defeat this insidious pandemic.

 

Daniel R. Furth
President
National Tank Truck Carriers, Inc.


Quick Reference Links
COVID-19 Emergency Declaration
COVID-19 Expanded Emergency Declaration
FAQ’s related to FMCSA Emergency Declaration

Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce