North America, Trends

North American produce industry needs to collectively address truck shortage

RRV-TedThe entire North American produce industry is suffering from a lack of truck transportation. In order to solve the problem, Ted Kreis, marketing and communications director for Northern Plains Potato Growers Association, based in East Grand Forks, MN, suggested that it would take a massive effort by the entire industry. “This is real,” Kreis said of the national problem. The national truck driver pool is retiring — or aging. It seems younger people are unwilling to do that work — and endure its many regulations — in exchange for the current financial compensation. “This is not just about potatoes from North Dakota,” Kreis said, adding that potato growers from around the country are facing a serious truck shortage this winter. “The rates are getting higher and higher. For Idaho, Wisconsin and other shippers, it’s all the same,” Kreis said. Permitting Canadian drivers to pick up loads in the U.S. would also ease the truck shortage, Kreis said. More

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