Major trucking fleets across the eastern half of the US are preparing for an "imminent" diesel shortage, according to logistics firm FreightWaves.
Founder and CEO of FreightWaves Craig Fuller said "3 very large fleets" are preparing for diesel pumps at fuel stations to run dry. Drivers of these fleets received notifications about fuel shortages that could materialize in the coming weeks across the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions.
Major truckstop chains Loves and Pilot warning about imminent diesel shortages in the eastern half of the US— Craig Fuller 🛩🚛🇺🇦 (@FreightAlley) May 11, 2022
Fuller tweeted several messages that drivers received from fleet operators. The notifications were alarming.
Another one pic.twitter.com/eQak0zptQW— Craig Fuller 🛩🚛🇺🇦 (@FreightAlley) May 11, 2022
We’ve confirmed with a number of fleets they are hearing consistent messages from the stops— Craig Fuller 🛩🚛🇺🇦 (@FreightAlley) May 11, 2022
Georgia, Carolinas, Maryland, and Pennsylvania - were the specific areas that could be impacted. We heard that as many of 25% of their retail locations could see shortages in the East— Craig Fuller 🛩🚛🇺🇦 (@FreightAlley) May 11, 2022
He also tweeted what appears to be an unnamed industry insider explaining the historic mess hitting Mid-Atlantic and Northeast markets is a combination of crude being diverted from the US to Europe and supply chains issues along the East Coast.
Diesel supply is short worldwide due to the invasion of Ukraine disrupting energy markets and resulting Western sanctions. The writing has been on the wall for months about developing shortages, as we discussed in:
- Global Diesel Shortage Raises Risk Of Even Greater Oil Price Spike
- "Gas Stations Will Run Dry": Catastrophic Scenario For Diesel Emerging According To World's Biggest Energy Traders
- D-Day Approaches: Crack Spread Soars As Diesel Market Braces For Historic Shock
- US East Coast Diesel Stockpiles Hit Record Low As Fuel Crisis Nears
- Widespread US Diesel Shortages Send Crack Spreads To Mindblowing Highs
On Wednesday, DOE showed US diesel inventories are now 23% below the five-year average for this time of year, at their lowest since May 2005.
The situation isn't improving as diesel prices at the pump soar to new highs.
Retail gas prices are also legging higher.
And who does President Biden blame this time for possible fuel shortages? Can't keep blaming Putin for every problem.