Feb 1, 2022 - Economy & Business

FedEx pauses some freight services due to COVID staff shortages

FedEx trucks are parked at a FedEx Ship Center on September 22, 2021 in Los Angeles, California.

FedEx trucks at a FedEx Ship Center on Sept. 22 in Los Angeles. Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images

FedEx on Tuesday said it is pausing some freight services due to staffing shortages caused by the Omicron variant.

Driving the news: The company suspended economy domestic FedEx express freight, which includes two-day and three-day shipping services, according to the company.

  • FedEx on Monday resumed international economy freight pick-up services, which had previously been paused.
  • FedEx warned earlier this month of delays in shipments due to potential staffing shortages causing delays in shipments, Reuters reports.

What they're saying: "The explosive surge of the COVID-19 Omicron variant has caused a temporary shortage of available crew members and operational staff in the FedEx Express air network," the company said in a statement announcing the pause.

  • "We are implementing contingency plans and adjusting operations to minimize delays while continuing to provide the best possible service to our customers during these difficult times."
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