US trucking industry is short by a record 80,000 drivers amid the supply-chain crisis, association head says
- The US needs 80,000 more truck drivers, American Trucking Associations CEO Chris Spear told CNN.
- A shortage of drivers is one of biggest factors contributing to the current supply-chain chaos.
The US has a shortage of around 80,000 truck drivers, Chris Spear, President and CEO of the American Trucking Associations (ATA), told CNN Tuesday.
This is a record high, and an increase of roughly 30% from before the pandemic, Spear said.
Like other workers across the US,
This has caused havoc in the US
Ports are also becoming backlogged because there aren't enough truckers to move the cargo.
The Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles are both moving towards 24/7 operations, aimed at easing the supply-chain chaos, but Spear warned that this wouldn't completely solve the problems.
"It doesn't matter if it's a port in LA or Long Beach, or the last mile of delivery from a train to a warehouse in Wichita," he told CNN. "You're going to have to have a driver and a truck move that freight."
The ATA said that if nothing is done to address the
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