20 August 2021
Trucking crisis in US: Growers review options
A trucking crisis in the US has led to more drivers being sought from abroad.
The potato growing industry, like many other sectors, has been dealing with a driver shortage for several years and the pandemic has created even more of a crisis since. Demand for shipping goods has spiked and triggered early retirements.
Suggestions on how to alleviate this have included placing trucking in the list of industries that can sidestep the Department of Labor’s immigration certification process to lowering the minimum age for interstate drivers from 21 years to 18.
Drivers now have more power to choose the loads they’d like to take, according to growers and packers.